Developmental Drivers of Nutritional Change: A Cross-country Analysis
The author uses a cross-country data set to understand within-country changes in nutrition. He finds that economic growth is a strong predictor of nutritional performance, as is growth in food production, although only in more food insecure countries. While there is no evidence that infrastructure is directly important, greater asset ownership, improved access to health services, higher rates of female secondary education, and lower fertility rates are all strong predictors of improvements in nutrition. The author ends by showing that national success stories are largely consistent with these findings.
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