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School Meals as a Safety Net: An Evaluation of the Midday Meal Scheme in India

Abhijeet Singh (), Albert Park () and Stefan Dercon

Economic Development and Cultural Change, 2014, vol. 62, issue 2, 275 - 306

Abstract: Despite the popularity of school meals, little evidence exists on their effect on health outcomes. This study uses newly available longitudinal data from the state of Andhra Pradesh in India to estimate the impact of the introduction of a national midday meal program on anthropometric z-scores of primary school students and investigates whether the program ameliorated the deterioration of health in young children caused by a severe drought. Correcting for self-selection into the program using a nonlinearity in how age affects the probability of enrollment, we find that the program acted as a safety net for children, providing large and significant health gains for children whose families suffered from drought.

Date: 2014
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