Journal of Development Economics
Behrman, J. R.
Article on intrahousehold allocation and nutrient availability among children in rural India (n=240 households). A model was developed to estimate critical parameters of parental preferences regarding the allocation of nutrients among their children. Latent variable estimates for rural south India indicate that parental preferences have productivity-equity tradeoffs and parents favor older children. The productivity-equity tradeoff, however, is much less for the lean season. Therefore, when food is scarcest, parents follow more closely a pure investment strategy, exposing their more vulnerable children to greater malnutrition risk.
- Food Insecurity
- Gender and/or Agency
- Women and/or Girls
- South Asia
- Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs)
- Children (boys and/or girls 1-10 years old)
- Case study
- Journal article