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Healthy school meals and educational outcomes

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  • Belot, Michèle
  • James, Jonathan

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This paper uses the ‘Jamie Oliver Feed Me Better’ campaign to evaluate the impact of healthy school meals on educational outcomes. The campaign introduced drastic changes in the meals offered in the schools of one Borough, shifting from low-budget processed meals towards healthier options. We evaluate the effect of the campaign on educational outcomes using a difference in differences approach; comparing key stage 2 outcomes in primary schools before and after the reform, using the neighbouring Local Education Authorities as a control group. We find evidence that healthy school meals did improve educational outcomes, in particular in English and Science.

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Paper provided by Institute for Social and Economic Research in its series ISER Working Paper Series with number 2009-01.

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Date of creation: 28 Jan 2009
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Handle: RePEc:ese:iserwp:2009-01

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  1. Michèle Belot (University of Edinburgh), Jonathan James (University of Bath) and Patrick Nolen (University of Essex), 2013. "Changing Eating Habits – A Field Experiment in Primary Schools," ESE Discussion Papers, Edinburgh School of Economics, University of Edinburgh 219, Edinburgh School of Economics, University of Edinburgh.
  2. Oosterbeek, Hessel & van der Klaauw, Bas, 2013. "Ramadan, fasting and educational outcomes," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 34(C), pages 219-226.
  3. McEwan, Patrick J., 2013. "The impact of Chile's school feeding program on education outcomes," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 32(C), pages 122-139.
  4. von Hinke Kessler Scholder, Stephanie, 2013. "School meal crowd out in the 1980s," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 32(3), pages 538-545.

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