Healthy school meals and educational outcomes
Michèle Belot () and
Journal of Health Economics, 2011, vol. 30, issue 3, 489-504
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 authorised absences - which are most likely linked to illness and health - fell by 14%.
Keywords: Child; nutrition; Child; health; School; meals; Education; Natural; experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Working Paper: HEALTHY SCHOOL MEALS AND EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES (2009)
Working Paper: Healthy school meals and educational outcomes (2009)
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