Nutritional status during an economic crisis: Evidence from Russia

Journal Article

Between 1996 and 1998, Russia experienced a spectacular decline in economic activity which was followed by a dramatic rebound between 1998 and 2000. We use panel data to examine the impact of variation in household resources on six dimensions of nutritional status, distinguishing longer-run from short-term fluctuations in resources. Nutritional status is very resilient to short-term variation in household resources. Gross energy intake, adult weight and child stature change very little as expenditure deviates from its long-run average. Longer-run resources have a substantively large, positive and significant effect on energy intake, diet quality, adult weight and child stature. The evidence indicates that individuals and households are able to weather short-term fluctuations in economic resources, at least in terms of maintaining body mass and energy intake. © Journal compilation © 2008 by the Royal Economic Society.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Stillman, S; Thomas, D

Published Date

  • 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 118 / 531

Start / End Page

  • 1385 - 1417

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0013-0133

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1468-0297.2008.02174.x