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Nutrition and Cognitive Achievement: An Evaluation of the School Breakfast Program

  • David Frisvold

This paper investigates the impact of the School Breakfast Program (SBP) on cognitive achievement. The SBP is a federal entitlement program that offers breakfast to any student, including free breakfast for any low-income student, who attends a school that participates in the program. To increase the availability of the SBP, many states mandate that schools participate in the program if the percent of free or reduced-price eligible students in a school exceeds a specific threshold. Using the details of these mandates as a source of identifying variation, I find that the availability of the program increases student achievement.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Emory University (Atlanta) in its series Emory Economics with number 1301.

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