The impact of food price increases on caloric intake in China

Robert T. Jensen, Nolan H. Miller

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World food prices have increased dramatically in recent years. We use panel data from 2006 to examine the impact of these increases on the consumption and nutrition of poor households in two Chinese provinces. We find that households in Hunan suffered no nutrition declines. Households in Gansu experienced a small decline in calories, though the decline is on par with usual seasonal effects. The overall nutritional impact of the world price increase was small because households were able to substitute to cheaper foods and because the domestic prices of staple foods remained low due to government intervention in grain markets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)465-476
Number of pages12
JournalAgricultural Economics
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
StatePublished - Nov 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • China
  • Food prices
  • Nutrition
  • Poverty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


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