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Nutritional status during an economic crisis: evidence from Russia

Citation

Stillman, Steven & Thomas, Duncan (2008). Nutritional status during an economic crisis: evidence from Russia. The Economic Journal, 118(531), 1385-1417.

Abstract

Between 1996 and 1998, Russia experienced a spectacular decline in economic activity which was followed by a dramatic rebound between 1998 and 2000. We use panel data to examine the impact of variation in household resources on six dimensions of nutritional status, distinguishing longer-run from short-term fluctuations in resources. Nutritional status is very resilient to short-term variation in household resources. Gross energy intake, adult weight and child stature change very little as expenditure deviates from its long-run average. Longer-run resources have a substantively large, positive and significant effect on energy intake, diet quality, adult weight and child stature. The evidence indicates that individuals and households are able to weather short-term fluctuations in economic resources, at least in terms of maintaining body mass and energy intake.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0297.2008.02174.x

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2008

Journal Title

The Economic Journal

Author(s)

Stillman, Steven
Thomas, Duncan