Food, economics, and health / Alok Bhargava

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رقم التسجيلة 4885
نوع المادة book
ردمك 9780199269143
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المؤلف Bhargava, Alok

العنوان Food, economics, and health / Alok Bhargava
بيانات النشر Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.
الوصف المادي xi, 221 p : 25 cm

Includes bibliographical references (p. 188-203) and index

المحتويات / النص

1. Introduction 2. Demand for food and nutrients in developing countries 17 3. Nutrition and child health outcomes in developing countries 41 4. Child health and cognitive development in developing countries 64 5. Fertility, child mortality and economic development 90 6. Nutrition, health and productivity in developing countries 118 7. Behavior, diet and obesity in developed countries 138 8. Summing up and concluding remarks 179


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 and developing 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 econometric and 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 a multi-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 a glossary of technical terms to assist readers coming from a variety of disciplines. "Alok Bhargava can always be expected to write important papers and texts on major topics concerning how real people live (or not) and the quality of their lives using advanced arguments from economics and based on skilled use of econometric methodology. Here he tackles the vital interaction between economics with health, food consumption, and economics tangled up with questions about attitudes to poverty and gender. This is a rich and difficult field and quickly leads to questions about the objectives of a society and the various difficult choices about how best to target resources. Alok has written an excellent book which requires careful thought and introspection to get to all of its important topics."--Clive Granger, 2003 Nobel Prize for Economics Laureate and Professor Emeritus, University of California, San Diego "Integrating food behavior, health activities, educational investments, and demographic choices into a coherent measure of family and individual welfare is a daunting task. This volume by Alok Bhargava succeeds in doing so at three different levels. First, the empirical models and techniques are state-of-the-art, so applied econometricians will be happy. Second, the models incorporate accepted bio-physical relationships from the public health and medical communities, so biological scientists interested in health-nutrition linkages no longer feel left out from economists' analyses. And third, the food policy community now has a rigorous, empirically-based set of relationships that are amenable to public interventions. It is very good to have food policy analysis back on the research agenda in such an integrated and toughly empirical fashion."--C. Peter Timmer, Program on Food Security and Environment, Stanford University 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 and Harvard University. Currently, he is a professor of economics at the University of Houston and an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston. Since 1989, he has been working on issues of nutrition, population health, child development, demography, and epidemiology in developing and developed countries. Many of his publications are on problems facing developing countries and have appeared in journals and his research is often cited in academic and policy forums and has influenced food policies in many settings.

المواضيع Food supply
Food - Economic aspects
Nutrition - Popular works
Diet in disease
Nutritionally induced diseases
Food supply