Consumption of Nutrients: An Applied Microeconomic Analysis

Prakash, Gyan, Ram Kumar Jha and R C Sharma (2006), “Consumption of Nutrients: An Applied Microeconomic Analysis”, ICFAI Journal of Applied Economics, Hyderabad, Vol. V, No. 4, July, pp. 54-66 (ISSN: 0972-6861).

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Gyan Prakash

Devi Ahilya University

Ram Jha

CUTS International

R.C. Sharma

Devi Ahilya University

Date Written: July 4, 2006

Abstract

For sustaining healthy and active life only satisfaction of hunger is not sufficient. Balanced diet is necessary. Nutritional deficiencies may cause serious health implications. The main objectives of this paper are (a) to evaluate the elasticity of nutrients and compare them across different income groups in rural and urban areas and (b) to assess the consumption of food nutrients for different income groups across rural and urban areas.

Mean proteins, fibers and energy intake by Urban Higher Income Group (UHIG) and Rural Higher Income Group (RHIG) may be considered equal because the differences are not found significant. Mean fats, carbohydrates and minerals consumption are significantly higher in UHIG as compared to RHIG, similarly mean energy intake is significantly higher in Rural Lower Income Group (RLIG) as compared to Urban Lower Income Group (ULIG). The income elasticities for carbohydrates and fibers were found higher amongst RHIG. The magnitudes of nutrients (proteins, fats and energy) elasticities were observed to be higher for UHIG and ULIG. These indicate that the demand for proteins, fats and energy will go up with the increment of income.

Keywords: Urban, Rural, Income, Nutrients

JEL Classification: B41, C19

Suggested Citation

Prakash, Gyan and Jha, Ram and Sharma, R.C., Consumption of Nutrients: An Applied Microeconomic Analysis (July 4, 2006). Prakash, Gyan, Ram Kumar Jha and R C Sharma (2006), “Consumption of Nutrients: An Applied Microeconomic Analysis”, ICFAI Journal of Applied Economics, Hyderabad, Vol. V, No. 4, July, pp. 54-66 (ISSN: 0972-6861)., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2558981

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