Seminar

Jan Pokrivcak: Food consumption and diet quality choices of Roma in Romania

In this seminar Professor Jan Pokrivcak of the Slovak Agricultural University analyses the diet quality aspect of food security of Roma in Romania.

Organised by Section economics
Date

Thu 9 March 2017 12:30 to 13:30

Venue Leeuwenborch, gebouwnummer 201
Hollandseweg 1
201
6706 KN Wageningen
0317-483639
Room C81

A counterfactual analysis

This paper analyses the diet quality aspect of food security of Roma in Romania. We employ a modified Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition technique using Household Budget Survey data for the period 2004-2011. The estimates suggest that Roma have inferior diet quality compared to the non-Roma. Around one-third of the diet quality gap is explained by the differences in observed socio-economic factors, whereas the remaining part of the gap is attributed to unobserved factors. We argue that the unexplained component of the diet quality gap is caused by the discrimination of the Roma on the labour market and by their specific informal institutions.