FAO has been compiling a cross-country annual panel data on per capita calorie availability.
FAO (2001)'s Food Balance Sheets: A Handbook describes how the data is constructed.
The data can be downloaded at a FAOSTAT webpage. (Uncheck FBS Style and select Grand Total+ in the list of item.) All the disaggregated data is also downloadable.
Used by Lisa Blaydes and Mark Andreas Kayser's working paper entitled "Counting Calories: Democracy and Distribution in the Developing World".
The calorie availability data used in pages 8-9 of Pritchett (1997) (to gauge the subsistence level of GDP per capita) and in Deaton (2007) (to investigate the determinants of human height) is presumably the same data.
Monday, March 1, 2010
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