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The Effect of Economic Crises on Nutritional Status : Evidence from Russia

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dc.creator Stillman, Steven
dc.creator Thomas, Duncan
dc.date 2004
dc.date.accessioned 2013-10-16T07:10:02Z
dc.date.available 2013-10-16T07:10:02Z
dc.date.issued 2013-10-16
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/10419/20327
dc.identifier ppn:384723721
dc.identifier.uri http://koha.mediu.edu.my:8181/xmlui/handle/10419/20327
dc.description This paper uses data from the Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey (RLMS) to examine the relationship between nutritional status and both longer-run household resources and short-run fluctuations in household resources. We evaluate six measures of nutrition – gross energy intake, two dimensions of diet quality, body mass index (BMI), which is a measure of net energy intake for adults, and for children, weight for height and stature. Our finding indicate a clear positive effect of longer-run resources on energy intake, diet composition, adult BMI, and child stature. Between 1996 and 2000, Russian households experienced a dramatic decline in income and expenditure and then an equally dramatic rise. We exploit the panel nature of RLMS to identify the causal effect of changes in household resources on nutritional status. In contrast to the large decline in expenditure in 1998, nutritional status appears to be very resilient to variation in household resources and this is reflected in gross energy intake, adult BMI, and child stature, which all change very little as expenditure deviates from its long-run average. Diet composition, however, does change in response to transitory variation in household resources. It appears that individuals and households are able to weather large economic crises at least in terms of maintaining body mass and energy intake.
dc.language eng
dc.relation IZA Discussion paper series 1092
dc.rights http://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen
dc.subject D12
dc.subject P36
dc.subject O12
dc.subject I12
dc.subject ddc:330
dc.subject nutrition
dc.subject caloric intake
dc.subject BMI
dc.subject consumption smoothing
dc.subject economic shocks
dc.subject Russia
dc.subject economic crises
dc.subject Ernährung
dc.subject Haushaltseinkommen
dc.subject Verbraucherausgaben
dc.subject Unterernährung
dc.subject Wirtschaftskrise
dc.subject Russland
dc.title The Effect of Economic Crises on Nutritional Status : Evidence from Russia
dc.type doc-type:workingPaper
dc.coverage 1996-2000

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