Author

Aarti Reddy

Date of Award

2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Economics

First Advisor

Dr. Robert Dolan

Second Advisor

Dr. Timothy Hamilton

Third Advisor

Dr. Jonathan Wight

Abstract

There are a number of studies regarding food insecurity, but not many that investigate the simultaneous relationships between food insecurity and the measures of well-being (health, education and gender equality). This paper conducts a district-level cross-sectional analysis of the relationship between food insecurity and the measures of well-being in Nepal using an ordered probit model. Instrument variables are used in a two-stage analysis to address the problem of endogeneity. The study finds that health deprivation levels significantly affect levels of food insecurity in a district but education and gender literacy disparity are less significant. Addressing issues of endogeneity and multicolinearity more effectively will allow for more reliable results. A better understanding of these relationships is essential to decrease food insecurity as well as to improve broader socio-economic outcomes.

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