Asymmetric intrahousehold allocation of calories in China

Satoru Shimokawa*

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To analyze intrahousehold calorie allocation, we propose a new framework that takes into account asymmetric consumption behavior due to liquidity constraints and loss aversion. We find that intrahousehold calorie allocation responds asymmetrically to expected declines and increases in household food availability in China. Compared with previous studies based on symmetric consumption behavior, our framework provides stronger evidence of gender bias in intrahousehold calorie allocation among children in urban areas and among elderly people in rural areas, and of demographic bias between girls and prime-age adults in both urban and rural areas. Implications for demographic targeting in nutrition programs are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)873-888
Number of pages16
JournalAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Apr 1
Externally publishedYes


  • China
  • Demographic targeting
  • Gender bias
  • Intrahousehold allocation
  • Liquidity constraints
  • Loss aversion
  • Nutrition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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