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Federal Nutrition Programs and Childhood Obesity: Inside the Black Box

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  • Roy, Manan

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    (IMPAQ International, LLC)

  • Millimet, Daniel L.

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    (Southern Methodist University)

  • Tchernis, Rusty

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    (Georgia State University)

Abstract

In response to the dramatic rise in childhood obesity, particularly among low income individuals, federal nutrition assistance programs have come under scrutiny. However, the vast majority of this research focuses on the direct relationship between these programs and child health, while little is known about the mechanisms by which such relationships arise. Using the 2007 American Time Use Survey and the Eating and Health Module, we explore differences in time use across families that participate in the Supplemental Nutriation Assistance Program (SNAP), the School Breakfast Program (SBP), and the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) to better understand behavioral differences across participants and non-participants. These differences have important implications for future research and policy.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5316.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2010
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Publication status: published in: Review of Economics of the Household, 2012, 10 (1), 1-38
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Keywords: School Breakfast Program; National School Lunch Program; Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; time use; program evaluation;

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Cited by:
  1. Millimet, Daniel L. & Roy, Manan, 2013. "Partial Identification of the Long-Run Causal Effect of Food Security on Child Health," IZA Discussion Papers 7457, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Paul Bingley & Ian Walker, 2013. "There’s no such thing as a free lunch: evidence of altruism and agency from household expenditure responses to child nutrition programs," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 11(3), pages 371-392, September.

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