Do Trade Reforms Promote Nutritional Status? Evidence from Indonesia

  • Ari Kuncoro
  • Yuri MansuryEmail author
  • Arianto A. Patunru
  • Budy P. Resosudarmo
Part of the New Frontiers in Regional Science: Asian Perspectives book series (NFRSASIPER, volume 38)


There is a long tradition in economic development that highlights the role of nourishment in the transition from a subsistence into a mature economy. The purpose of this chapter is to provide an empirical basis for the relationship between trade reforms and population nutritional status using Indonesia as a case study. The analysis employs a panel data of Indonesian districts from four waves of the National Socioeconomic Survey in 1993, 1999, 2005, and 2011 to estimate the degree to which exogenous variations in tariff barriers affect endogenous variations in nutrient consumption. Simultaneous equation estimation results show that lower tariff barriers are expected to lead to a positive and significant impact on nutritional status.


Trade reforms Nutrition Indonesia Structural equation modeling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ari Kuncoro
    • 1
  • Yuri Mansury
    • 2
    Email author
  • Arianto A. Patunru
    • 3
  • Budy P. Resosudarmo
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of IndonesiaJakartaIndonesia
  2. 2.Department of Social SciencesIllinois Institute of TechnologyChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Arndt-Corden Department of EconomicsAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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