Nidhi Kaicker
Ambedkar University
Aashi Gupta
Delhi School of Economics
Raghav Gaiha
University of Pennsylvania
Journal of Policy Modeling, Elsevier, Aug 2022
JEL Codes:
C36, D12, Q18
● Covid-19 Pandemic and Food Security in India: can authorities alleviate the disproportionate burden on the disadvantaged?
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The present study examines covariates of food security and the impact of Covid-19 induced shocks, among households in India using a nationally representative survey. Using a 2SLS panel regression model, we find an important role of incomes, relative food prices, household characteristics, as well as mobility restrictions in response to the rising number of infections in a given region in explaining varying food expenditure shares prior to and during the Covid-19 pandemic. The disproportionate burden of the pandemic induced lockdowns on the disadvantaged and minorities calls for effective action on the part of policymakers to boost aggregate demand, fix supply chains and reduce food price volatility.

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