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Do the School Nutrition Programs Supplement Household Food Expenditures?

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  • Sharon K. Long
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    The extent to which the school nutrition programs-the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP)-supplement household food expenditures is an important indication of whether the objectives of the programs are being met. Using data from the National Evaluation of School Nutrition Programs and a bivariate selection model, this paper obtains estimates of such supplementation. I find that somewhat less than one-half of each additional dollar of NSLP benefits is used by households to supplement food expenditures, while all of each additional dollar of SBP benefits is allocated to such expenditures.

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    Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Journal of Human Resources.

    Volume (Year): 26 (1991)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 654-678

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    Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:26:y:1991:i:4:p:654-678

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    1. Manan Roy & Daniel Millimet & Rusty Tchernis, 2012. "Federal nutrition programs and childhood obesity: inside the black box," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, Springer, vol. 10(1), pages 1-38, March.
    2. Gundersen, Craig & Kreider, Brent & Pepper, John V., 2011. "The Impact of the National School Lunch Program on Child Health: A Nonparametric Bounds Analysis," Staff General Research Papers, Iowa State University, Department of Economics 32719, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
    3. Ralston, Katherine L. & Newman, Constance & Clauson, Annette L. & Guthrie, Joanne F. & Buzby, Jean C., 2008. "The National School Lunch Program: Background, Trends, and Issues," Economic Research Report, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service 56464, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
    4. Howard, Larry L. & Prakash, Nishith, 2009. "Do Means-Tested School Lunch Subsidies Change Children's Weekly Consumption Patterns?," IZA Discussion Papers 4427, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    5. Jacoby, Hanan, 1997. "Is there an intrahousehold 'flypaper effect'?," FCND discussion papers, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 31, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
    6. Daniel L. Millimet & Rusty Tchernis & Muna Husain, 2008. "School Nutrition Programs and the Incidence of Childhood Obesity," NBER Working Papers 14297, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    7. Peckham, Janet G. & Kropp, Jaclyn D., 2012. "Are National School Lunch Program Participants More Likely to be Obese? Dealing with Identification," 2012 Annual Meeting, August 12-14, 2012, Seattle, Washington, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association 124905, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    8. Nathan D. Grawe & Casey B. Mulligan, 2002. "Economic Interpretations of Intergenerational Correlations," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 16(3), pages 45-58, Summer.

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