Impact Evaluation of School Feeding Programs in Lao Pdr

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Alison M. Buttenheim

University of Pennsylvania

Harold Alderman

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Jed Friedman

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG); World Bank Group

Date Written: January 1, 2011

Abstract

Despite the popularity and widespread implementation of school feeding programs, evidence on the impact of school feeding on school participation and nutritional status is mixed. This study evaluates school feeding programs in three northern districts of the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR). Feeding modalities included on-site feeding, take-home rations, and a combination. District-level implementation of the intervention sites and selective take-up present considerable evaluation challenges. To address these limitations, the authors use difference-in-difference estimators with propensity-score weighting to construct two plausible counterfactuals. They find minimal evidence that the school feeding schemes increased enrollment or improved children?s nutritional status. Several robustness checks and possible explanations for null findings are presented.

Keywords: Education For All, Youth and Governance, Nutrition, Primary Education, Food & Beverage Industry

Suggested Citation

Buttenheim, Alison M. and Alderman, Harold and Friedman, Jed Arnold, Impact Evaluation of School Feeding Programs in Lao Pdr (January 1, 2011). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 5518. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1736865

Alison M. Buttenheim (Contact Author)

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Harold Alderman

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Jed Arnold Friedman

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

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