The dynamics of food insecurity and overall health: evidence from the Canadian National Population Health Survey

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The paper explores whether the responses to household food insecurity questions in cycles two and three of the Canadian National Population Health Survey help explain the links between socioeconomic status and health at the individual level. Short-term transitions in food insecurity status are correlated with changes in health status. There is some evidence for females but not for males that conditional on current health, current household food insecurity can lead to lower future health status, even in the short run. There is stronger evidence for both males and females that conditional on current household food insecurity status, lower current health status can lead to an increased probability of future household food insecurity.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Economics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Publication date: October 10, 2006

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