Economic impact of malnutrition in Peru

Areas : Health and nutrition
Researcher/s in charge : Lorena Alcazar
Other researchers : Diego Ocampo, Juan Pablo de la Torre
Execution time:December 2012 - August 2013


The general goal of this study is to provide a quantitative estimate of the economic impact of malnutrition in Peru.  It seeks to obtain a monetary measurement of the costs that malnutrition causes to the Peruvian society that include the cost generated by diseases and problems in child development associated to this illness. The estimate considers two perspectives:  costs directly generated, mostly State and families expenses associated to the treatment of diseases to which malnutrition exposes the children and the costs that could be called indirect, as they refer to potential income that is lost due to the effects of malnutrition on the people.