The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Nutrition and Public Policy in Advanced Economies

  • Janet Currie
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This article discusses the measurement of nutritional status of populations and examines two classes of tools that policymakers in advanced economies can use to improve nutrition: targeted food and nutrition programmes, and regulation of the food industry. It presents an overview of the economic rationale for providing nutrition programmes (rather than cash assistance), as well as an analysis of some of the difficulties of providing aid in kind – one of the chief difficulties is low take-up of programme benefits by eligible citizens. The overview of regulations suggests that measures aimed at improving nutrition information may be especially attractive.


Advertising Asymmetric information Food insecurity Food Stamp Program (USA) Health care regulation Hunger In-kind transfers Medicaid (USA) Nutrition Nutrition and public policy Technical change Well-being 

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