Asymmetric intrahousehold allocation of calories in China

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Abstract

To analyze intrahousehold calorie allocation, we propose a new framework that takes into account asymmetric consumption behavior due to liquidity constraints and loss aversion. We find that intrahousehold calorie allocation responds asymmetrically to expected declines and increases in household food availability in China. Compared with previous studies based on symmetric consumption behavior, our framework provides stronger evidence of gender bias in intrahousehold calorie allocation among children in urban areas and among elderly people in rural areas, and of demographic bias between girls and prime-age adults in both urban and rural areas. Implications for demographic targeting in nutrition programs are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)873-888
Number of pages16
JournalAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics
Volume92
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Apr
Externally publishedYes

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urban areas
China
demographic statistics
Demography
Sexism
food and nutrition programs
food availability
households
Food
gender
Intra-household allocation
Urban areas
Demographics
Rural areas
Consumption behavior
Household
Liquidity constraints
Targeting
Loss aversion

Keywords

  • China
  • Demographic targeting
  • Gender bias
  • Intrahousehold allocation
  • Liquidity constraints
  • Loss aversion
  • Nutrition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics

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Asymmetric intrahousehold allocation of calories in China. / Shimokawa, Satoru.

In: American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 92, No. 3, 04.2010, p. 873-888.

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