Abstract/Details

A MODEL OF ENDOWMENT CONSTRAINED DEMAND FOR FOOD IN AN AGRICULTURAL ECONOMY (DEVELOPMENT, NUTRITION, BANGLADESH)

KHAN, QAISER MAHMOOD.  University of Pennsylvania. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 1984. 8420064.

Abstract (summary)

This study further develops the analytic framework known as entitlements initially introduced by Sen which shows that famines and other nutrition crises may occur despite adequate availability of food. The "lifeboat hypothesis" is rejected as an explanation of recent famines and an intertemporal theoretical model is developed to show how prices may fluctuate despite a stable supply of food. Empirically, demand for food is simulated by economic class using an endowment constrained demand system. It is shown that despite food availability being more than 50% higher than requirements, the poorer 40% of the Rural Population consumes significantly less that these minimal requirements on a systematic basis. These simulations are carried out for Bangladesh. Using a household survey carried out in Bangladesh the effect of these low nutrition levels on the physical health of individuals and on their labor supply is shown. It is revealed that the health of individuals is linked to their assets which in turn depends on their health. The results from these analysis are used to develop some policy prescriptions.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Labor economics
Classification
0510: Labor economics
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences
Title
A MODEL OF ENDOWMENT CONSTRAINED DEMAND FOR FOOD IN AN AGRICULTURAL ECONOMY (DEVELOPMENT, NUTRITION, BANGLADESH)
Author
KHAN, QAISER MAHMOOD
Number of pages
88
Degree date
1984
School code
0175
Source
DAI-A 45/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
University/institution
University of Pennsylvania
University location
United States -- Pennsylvania
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertation or Thesis
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
8420064
ProQuest document ID
303301049
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
https://www.proquest.com/docview/303301049