World Bank / Egypt / 2010

An overview of the Egyptian food subsidy system, its leakages, and policy options.

Food and Agricultural Organization / Global / 2010

From the website: "The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that over a billion people do not have enough to eat."

Roger Thurow, Scott Kilman / Global / 2009

A book overviewing the political economy and institutional failures related to famines.

Angus Deaton, Jean Dreze / India / 2009

Caloric intake has declined in India. Some argue this is due to reduced physical activity or improvements in the health environment. Yet anthropometric indicators still indicate under-nourishment in the population.

Anne Case, Alicia Menendez / South Africa / 2009

From the abstract: "We find that large outlays of money at the time of the funeral leave households vulnerable to future hardship. Householdsthat buried a member report lower spending per person, poorer adult affect, and lower rates of school enrollment for children than do other households."

Nathan Nunn, Nancy Qian / Europe / 2009

From the abstract: "Our results show that the introduction of the potato was responsible for a significant portion of the increase in population and urbanization observed during the 18th and 19th centuries."

Robert Jensen, Nolan Miller / China / 2008

From the abstract: "Subsidizing the prices of dietary staples for extremely poor households in two provinces of China, we find strong evidence of Giffen behavior for rice in Hunan, and weaker evidence for wheat in Gansu."

Marcel Fafchamps, Forhad Shilpi / Nepal / 2008

From the abstract: "We find a relative consumption effect that is robust, strong in magnitude, and consistent across consumption expenditure categories. We find no evidence that poor households -- in a relative or absolute sense -- care less about relative consumption than more fortunate ones."

A. Ganesh-Kumar, Ashok Gulati, Ralph Cummings Jr. / India / 2006

The Indian public foodgrain management system is outdated; a modern system which is responsive to fluctuating markets and which ensures that the poor are targeted (and reached) is required.

Mark Borden / Global / 2006

An article on the release of the Case and Paxson study on height and earnings, and its various reactions.