The Impact of school meals on school participation: Evidence from rural India
Indian Statistical Institute, Planning Unit, New Delhi Discussion Papers from Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, India
This paper assesses the effect of transition from monthly distribution of free food grains to the daily provision of free cooked meals to school children on enrollments and attendance in a rural area of India. School panel data allow a difference-in-differences estimation strategy to address possible endogeneity of program placement. The results suggest that program transition had a significant impact on improving the daily participation rates of children in lower grades. The average monthly attendance rate of girls in grade 1 was more than 12 percentage points higher while there was a positive but insignificant effect on grade 1 boys' attendance rate. The impact on enrollment levels was insignificant.
Keywords: school meals; attendance; enrollment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 I28 I38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 36 pages
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Journal Article: The Impact of School Meals on School Participation: Evidence from Rural India (2011)
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