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An Empirical Investigation of the Calorie Consumption Puzzle in India

  title={An Empirical Investigation of the Calorie Consumption Puzzle in India},
  author={Deepankar Basu and Amit Basole},
Over the past four decades, India has witnessed a paradoxical trend: average per capita calorie intake has declined even as real per capita monthly expenditure has increased over time. Since cross sectional evidence suggests a robust positive relationship between the two variables, the trend emerges as a major puzzle. The main explanations that have been offered in the literature to address the puzzle are: rural impoverishment, relative price changes, decline in calorie needs, diversification… 

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