Healthy School Meals And Educational Outcomes
AbstractThis paper provides field evidence on the effects of diet on educational outcomes, exploiting a campaign lead in the UK in 2004, which introduced drastic changes in the meals, offered in the schools of one Borough – Greenwich - shifting from low-budget processed meals towards healthier options. We evaluate the effect of the campaign on educational outcomes in primary schools using a difference in differences approach; comparing educational outcomes in primary schools (key stage 2 outcomes more specifically) before and after the reform, using the neighbouring Local Education Authorities as a control group. We find evidence that educational outcomes did improve significantly in English and Science. We also find that the campaign lead to a 15% fall in authorised absences – which are most likely linked to illness and health.
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Date of creation: Dec 2009
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Child nutrition; Child health; School meals; Education; Natural Experiment; Placebo effect; Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety; Health Economics and Policy; J13; I18; I28; H51; H52;
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- C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models &bull Diffusion Processes
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2010-01-23 (All new papers)
- NEP-EDU-2010-01-23 (Education)
- NEP-HEA-2010-01-23 (Health Economics)
- NEP-LAB-2010-01-23 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-URE-2010-01-23 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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