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The Demand for School Lunches: An Analysis of Individual Participation in the School Lunch Program

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  • John S. Akin
  • David K. Guilkey
  • Barry M. Popkin
  • James H. Wyckoff

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In this paper we analyze participation in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) using a basic neoclassical demand model. This statistical analysis incorporates nutrient consumption from nonlunch sources to control explicitly for tastes. Because the dependent variable takes only four values, the ordered probit estimation technique is used. The insights gained concerning the effects of tastes, the size of the Food Stamp program bonus, and the price of the school lunch, among others, should prove useful in designing future NSLP policies.

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  • John S. Akin & David K. Guilkey & Barry M. Popkin & James H. Wyckoff, 1983. "The Demand for School Lunches: An Analysis of Individual Participation in the School Lunch Program," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 18(2), pages 213-230.
  • Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:18:y:1983:i:2:p:213-230
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    1. Grainger, Corbett & Senauer, Benjamin & Runge, C. Ford, 2005. "Analyzing Health Innovations in a School Lunch Program," Working Papers 14393, University of Minnesota, Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy.
    2. Chang, Hung-Hao, 2014. "Food Preparation for the School Lunch Program and Body Weight of Elementary School Children in Taiwan," International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA), vol. 17(1).
    3. Pham, Matthew V. & Roe, Brian E., 2013. "Will Reducing the Calorie Content of School Lunches Affect Participation? Evidence from a Choice Experiment with Suburban Parents," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. 149816, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    4. Amy Ellen Schwartz & Michah W. Rothbart, 2017. "Let Them Eat Lunch: The Impact of Universal Free Meals on Student Performance," Center for Policy Research Working Papers 203, Center for Policy Research, Maxwell School, Syracuse University.
    5. Angus Holford, 2015. "Take-up of Free School Meals: Price Effects and Peer Effects," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 82(328), pages 976-993, October.
    6. Massimo Filippini & Giuliano Masiero & Diego Medici, 2012. "The demand for school meals: an analysis of stated choices by Swiss households," Quaderni della facoltà di Scienze economiche dell'Università di Lugano 1204, USI Università della Svizzera italiana.

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