Aarti Reddy

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Robert Dolan

Second Advisor

Dr. Timothy Hamilton

Third Advisor

Dr. Jonathan Wight


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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