Food, Economics, and Health

Paperback | December 15, 2012

byAlok Bhargava

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Drawing on the author's extensive and varied research, this book provides readers with a firm grounding in the concepts and issues across several disciplines including economics, nutrition, psychology and public health in the hope of improving the design of food policies in the developed anddeveloping world. Using longitudinal (panel) data from India, Bangladesh, Kenya, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Pakistan and extending the analytical framework used in economics and biomedical sciences to include multi-disciplinary analyses, Alok Bhargava shows how rigorous and thoughtful econometricand statistical analysis can improve our understanding of the relationships between a number of socioeconomic, nutritional, and behavioural variables on a number of issues like cognitive development in children and labour productivity in the developing world. These unique insights combined with amulti-disciplinary approach forge the way for a more refined and effective approach to food policy formation going forward. A chapter on the growing obesity epidemic is also included, highlighting the new set of problems facing not only developed but developing countries. The book also includes aglossary of technical terms to assist readers coming from a variety of disciplines.

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Drawing on the author's extensive and varied research, this book provides readers with a firm grounding in the concepts and issues across several disciplines including economics, nutrition, psychology and public health in the hope of improving the design of food policies in the developed anddeveloping world. Using longitudinal (panel) ...

Alok Bhargava received his Ph.D. in econometrics from the London School of Economics in 1982. He has held teaching positions at the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, and University of Houston. Since 1989, he has been working on issues of nutrition, population health, child development, demography, physical anthropology, ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:December 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199663912

ISBN - 13:9780199663910

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Table of Contents

PrefaceGlossary1. Introduction2. Demand for food and nutrients in developing countries3. Nutrition and child health outcomes in developing countries4. Child health and cognitive development in developing countries5. Fertility, child mortality, and economic development6. Nutrition, health, and productivity in developing countries7. Behavior, diet, and obesity in developed countries8. Summing up and concluding remarks

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"The book covers a wide variety of topics such as demand for food, child nutrition and cognitive development, fertility and child mortality, nutrition and productivity, diet and obesity. Each chapter is a model of clarity, and backed with solid econometric evidence." --Raghav Gaiha, Development and Change