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Nutrition, crowding and disease among low-income households in Tokyo in 1930

Ogasawara, Kota, Gazeley, Ian and Schneider, Eric B. (2020) Nutrition, crowding and disease among low-income households in Tokyo in 1930. Australian Economic History Review, 60 (1). 73 - 104. ISSN 0004-8992

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Identification Number: 10.1111/aehr.12189

Abstract

This article employs a household survey of low-income working-class households conducted in Tokyo in 1930 to investigate nutritional attainment levels and the relationship between calorie intake and morbidity. We find that the daily calorie intake was 2,118 kcal per adult male equivalent, high enough to satisfy the energy requirements for moderate physical activity. Richer households purchased more expensive calories mainly by substituting meat and vegetables for rice. We find negative associations between morbidity and income and crowding, but no significant associations for nutrition, tentatively suggesting that income and crowding were more important for morbidity in 1930 Tokyo than nutrition.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14678446
Additional Information: © 2020 Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand and John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
JEL classification: N - Economic History > N3 - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Income, and Wealth > N35 - Economic History: Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Income and Wealth: Asia including Middle East
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2020 10:45
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2020 08:33
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/103048

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