HEALTHY SCHOOL MEALS AND EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES

This paper provides field evidence on the effects of diet on educational outcomes, exploiting a campaign lead in the UK in 2004, which introduced drastic changes in the meals, offered in the schools of one Borough – Greenwich - shifting from low-budget processed meals towards healthier options. We evaluate the effect of the campaign on educational outcomes in primary schools using a difference in differences approach; comparing educational outcomes in primary schools (key stage 2 outcomes more specifically) before and after the reform, using the neighbouring Local Education Authorities as a control group. We find evidence that educational outcomes did improve significantly in English and Science. We also find that the campaign lead to a 15% fall in authorised absences – which are most likely linked to illness and health.


Issue Date:
2009-12
Publication Type:
Working or Discussion Paper
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/56207
Page range:
1-42
Total Pages:
42
JEL Codes:
J13; I18; I28; H51; H52
Series Statement:
AAWE Working Paper
53




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