Measures of Food Insecurity at the Household Level

Indranil Dutta, Craig Gundersen

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Food insecurity and hunger have traditionally been measured by aggregate food supplies or by variables correlated with food insecurity. Because these measures often poorly reflect individuals' true deprivation, economists have turned to surveys with direct questions about food insecurity. This chapter proposes food insecurity measures - along the lines of the well established poverty measures - which allow us to reflect on the depth and severity, in addition to the incidence of food insecurity. Along with giving a richer picture of food insecurity in the US, these measures demonstrate that the ordering of various demographic categories differs depends on the choice of measure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFood Security
Subtitle of host publicationIndicators, Measurement, and the Impact of Trade Openness
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191717031
ISBN (Print)9780199236558
StatePublished - May 1 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Aggregate food supplies
  • Deprivation
  • Hunger
  • Poverty measures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)


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