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Evaluation With Inadequate Data: The Impact Of The French Vending Machine Ban

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  • Capacci, Sara
  • Mazzocchi, Mario
  • Shankar, Bhavani

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We estimate the effects of the 2005 ban on vending machines in French schools using the 1998 and 2006 INCA nutrition surveys. These surveys contain no information on the presence of vending machines in schools attended by respondents, but the adoption of a Difference-in-Difference design, and a Regression Discontinuity Design enable us to obtain indirect estimates of the policy impact. Results are consistent and suggest that the measure has had a small but significant impact on teenager nutrition, especially in terms of reduced fat intakes.

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  • Capacci, Sara & Mazzocchi, Mario & Shankar, Bhavani, 2012. "Evaluation With Inadequate Data: The Impact Of The French Vending Machine Ban," 2012 AAEA/EAAE Food Environment Symposium, May 30-31, Boston, MA 123198, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
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    1. David S. Lee & Thomas Lemieux, 2010. "Regression Discontinuity Designs in Economics," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 48(2), pages 281-355, June.
    2. Beatty, Timothy K.M. & Blow, Laura & Crossley, Thomas F. & O'Dea, Cormac, 2014. "Cash by any other name? Evidence on labeling from the UK Winter Fuel Payment," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 118(C), pages 86-96.
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    Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety; I18;

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    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health

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