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Type Working Paper - Food and Nutrition Sciences
Title Poverty Reduction and Pattern of Chronic Childhood Under-Nutrition in India: How Far Does the Link Exist?
Volume 5
Issue 20
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2014
URL http://file.scirp.org/Html/3-2701315_50614.htm
Food and Nutrition Sciences
Vol.05 No.20(2014), Article ID:50614,13 pages
10.4236/fns.2014.520208 Poverty Reduction and Pattern of Chronic Childhood Under-Nutrition in India: How Far Does the Link Exist?Moumita Mukherjee
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Independent Research Consultant, Atlanta, USAEmail: mukherjee.moumita3@gmail.comCopyright © 2014 by author and Scientific Research Publishing Inc.This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution International License (CC BY).http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Received 13 August 2014; revised 10 September 2014; accepted 20 September 2014ABSTRACTIn spite of an established link between poverty and under-nutrition in India, fall in under-nutri- tion is sluggish with fall in poverty. This research paper aims to seek answer on the effect of poverty decline on child under-nutrition in India over a period of one and a half decades. After examining the extent of association between poverty reduction and reciprocal changes in child under-nutrition, the paper found that although there was a definite influence of poverty levels on child under-nutrition at the state-level, the strength of the impact was not very high. This possibly explains why improvements in nutritional status among children have failed to keep up pace with steady reduction in mass poverty across the states in the last couple of decades. The results also strongly reiterate the magnificent role of child’s healthcare utilization and higher public spending which can help to capitalize on the increase in economic capabilities at the household level, resulting from robust economic growth and alleviation of endemic poverty.

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