Childhood Nutrition and Labor Market Outcomes: Evidence from a School Breakfast Program

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Aline Butikofer

Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - Department of Economics

Eirin Mølland

Agderforskning

Kjell G. Salvanes

Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: August 18, 2016

Abstract

While a growing literature documents the short-term effects of public programs providing children with nutritious food, there is scarce evidence of the long-term effects of such programs. This paper studies the long-term consequences of access to nutritious food using the rollout of a free school breakfast program in Norwegian cities. This program provided children with nutritious food and replaced a hot school meal at the end of the day with similar caloric value but less micronutrients. Our results indicate that access to a nutritious school breakfast increases education by 0.1 years and earnings by 2-4 percent.

Suggested Citation

Butikofer, Aline and Mølland, Eirin and Salvanes, Kjell G., Childhood Nutrition and Labor Market Outcomes: Evidence from a School Breakfast Program (August 18, 2016). NHH Dept. of Economics Discussion Paper No. 15/2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2879304 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2879304

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