A new book by Dr.Shailendra Gajanan, professor of economics, will help students and practitioners perform statistical analyses in
evaluating poverty and nutrition.
The book, “Food Security, Poverty
and Nutrition Policy Analysis: Statistical Methods and Applications,” is a
second edition. The original volume focused on Africa and was written by
Prabuddha Sanyal and Suresh C. Babu, who is on the senior research staff of the
International Food Policy Research Institute.
The new version, Gajanan said, has
two-thirds more text and two new chapters. Although the original was published
only five years ago in 2009, Gajanan said that rapid changes in the field
required including large amounts of new research and incorporating hands-on
examples and case studies using the statistical software Stata, which is used
by most large policy-makers, such as the World Bank and United Nations.
Gajanan said he added large amounts
of information about Latin America, Asia and food insecurity, and obesity in
the United States. He also added new research and case studies about the effect
of educating women, using corn and other foods to produce biofuels, and the
effects of the 2008 global economic crisis.
Gajanan said that although the
statistical analyses are designed for graduate students and those working in
the field, the background and case studies used are appropriate for
Gajanan’s successful completion of
the second edition earned him a second book contract with the same publisher
for a book on economics and nutrition, which he will begin this summer with an
eye on publishing it next summer.
In addition, this summer, Gajanan
will travel to his native Chennai (Madras) region of India to work with
graduate students from the University of Madras to design a study to measure
indoor air pollution caused by cooking fires in Indian households. He said the
work will examine topics such as health issues, deforestation, the amount of
work days lost and how to give people incentive to use healthier cooking
In the past, he has worked with
similar teams of graduate students from the University of Madras to study the
disease chikungunya. This fall, he
will teach a special topics class at Pitt-Bradford in Global Hunger.