Food-Deprivation and Subjective Well-Being in Latin America

  • Jorge Guardiola
  • Mariano RojasEmail author
Part of the International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life book series (IHQL)


This chapter studies the relationship between food deprivation and subjective well-being (SWB) using a representative database for 19 Latin American countries. The results show that food deprivation is associated to lower SWB. This relationship sustains even when controlling by socio-demographic and income variables. However, experiencing food deprivation does not suffice to ensure experiencing lower SWB; the results show that some people may have relatively high SWB in spite of facing food deprivation. Empirical findings suggest that religion and access to relational goods may contribute to explain the high SWB levels of Latin Americans, even of those who are in hunger.


Subjective well-being Hunger Latin America Life satisfaction Affective state 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied EconomicsUniversidad de GranadaGranadaSpain
  2. 2.FLACSO-México and UPAEPMexico CityMexico

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