Does food security matter to subjective well-being? Evidence from a cross-country panel

Kornher, Lukas / Tekalign Gutu Sakketa
External Publications (2021)

in: Journal of International Development, first published 13.10.2021

DOI: 10.1002/jid.3575
Open access

The conventional economics literature equates welfare with consumption-based utility, neglecting the psychological effects of uncertainty and fear of the future on well-being. In this study, we examine how food insecurity relates to changes in subjective well-being within a comparative analysis across different country groups between 2005 and 2018 and find that food insecurity matters to well-being. We also examine the relationship between experienced food insecurity and well-being, taking into account any potential endogeneity. In low-income, food-deficient, food-importing and drought-affected countries, changes in the prevalence of undernourishment explain a great deal of the variation in subjective well-being over time.

About the author

Sakketa, Tekalign Gutu

Agricultural / Development Economics

Further experts

Balasubramanian, Pooja

Social Economics 

Burchi, Francesco

Development Economy 

Loewe, Markus


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