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

Aline Bütikofer, Eirin Mølland () and Kjell G Salvanes
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Eirin Mølland: Agderforskning, Postal: Agderforskning, Gimlemoen 19, 4630 Kristiansand S, Norge

No 15/2016, Discussion Paper Series in Economics from Norwegian School of Economics, Department of Economics

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.

Keywords: Nutritious School breakfast; education; malnutrition; health (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 45 pages
Date: 2016-08-18
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