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The impact of war on calorie food demand in Bangladesh

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Ana Sanjuan, Dr Philip Dawson


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Daily per capita calorie intake in Bangladesh averaged almost 2,100 (kilo)calories in the 1960s but fell to 1,840 in 1972 following the war of independence in 1971, and only by 1987 did it reach 2,000 again. This article examines the long-run relationship between per capita income, food prices and per capita calorie intake using aggregate data for Bangladesh for 1962-97 and the recent cointegration procedure of Johansen et al., which permits structural breaks. Results show that a long-run relationship exists and that the war reduced average calorie intake permanently by 10 per cent. Impulse responses show that income Granger-causes calorie intake but not vice versa. © 2004 Taylor and Francis Ltd.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Sanjuan AI, Dawson PJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Development Studies

Year: 2004

Volume: 40

Issue: 6

Pages: 106-121

ISSN (print): 0022-0388

ISSN (electronic): 1743-9140

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/0022038042000233821


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