Learning and Behavioral Spillovers of a Nutritional Information Campaign

57 Pages Posted: 20 May 2013

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Prakarsh Singh

Amherst College - Department of Economics

Date Written: May 19, 2013

Abstract

This paper provides evidence for spillovers in learning and behavior within urban slums in Chandigarh, India. In a controlled experiment, mothers of children (aged 3-6 years) enrolled in government day-care centers were provided recipe books to lower their price per calorie. Spillovers to neighboring (untreated) mothers can be through learning or imitation. Theory suggests that this may increase or decrease their food expenditure. Results from a difference-in-differences analysis show that nutritional knowledge increases among neighboring untreated mothers relative to a control group and there is a corresponding reduction in food expenditure. Neighboring mothers exhibit learning spillovers and a reduction in expenditure regardless of their level of literacy.

Keywords: Informational Spillovers, Child nutrition, Learning

JEL Classification: D62, D83, I15, I18, I38

Suggested Citation

Singh, Prakarsh, Learning and Behavioral Spillovers of a Nutritional Information Campaign (May 19, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2267167 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2267167

Prakarsh Singh (Contact Author)

Amherst College - Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000
United States
413-542-2271 (Phone)

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