School Nutrition Programs and the Incidence of Childhood Obesity

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Daniel L. Millimet

Southern Methodist University (SMU) - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Rusty Tchernis

Georgia State University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Muna Hussain

Southern Methodist University (SMU)

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Abstract

In light of the recent rise in childhood obesity, the School Breakfast Program (SBP) and National School Lunch Program (NSLP) have received renewed attention. Using panel data on over 13,500 primary school students, we assess the relationship between SBP and NSLP participation and (relatively) long-run measures of child weight. After documenting a positive association between SBP participation and child weight, and no association between NSLP participation and child weight, we present evidence indicating positive selection into the SBP. Allowing for even modest positive selection is sufficient to alter the results, indicating that the SBP is a valuable tool in the current battle against childhood obesity, whereas the NSLP exacerbates the current epidemic.

Keywords: School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, child health, obesity, program evaluation

JEL Classification: C31, H51, I18, I28

Suggested Citation

Millimet, Daniel L. and Tchernis, Rusty and Hussain, Muna, School Nutrition Programs and the Incidence of Childhood Obesity. IZA Discussion Paper No. 3664. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1261449 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0042-7092.2007.00700.x

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