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Popkin, Barry M. (1972). Economic Benefits from the Elimination of Hunger in America. Public Policy, 20, 133-153.


Any program which attempts to deal seriously with the presence of hunger in America will naturally be costly. It is also costly not to take action against hunger. This paper examines certain of the benefits which could be realized through the elimination of malnutrition in America. Only those effects bearing on economic performance of the poverty population were calculated in this study, and only among those below the poverty line. Excluded are the external benefits to the nonpoverty population and numerous nonquantifiable benefits to the poverty population.

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Popkin, Barry M.


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