Long-term effects of childhood nutrition : evidence from a school lunch reform / Jesper Alex-Petersen (Lund University), Petter Lundborg (Lund University and IZA), Dan-Olof Rooth (SOFI, Stockholm University and IZA) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserAlex-Petersen, Jesper In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen ; Lundborg, Petter In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen ; Rooth, Dan-Olof In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, December 2017
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 11234
URNurn:nbn:de:hbz:5:2-146438 Persistent Identifier (URN)
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We examine the long-term impact of a policy that introduced free and nutritious school lunches in Swedish primary schools. For this purpose, we use historical data on the gradual implementation of the policy across municipalities and employ a difference- in-differences design to estimate the impact of this lunch policy on a broad range of medium and longterm outcomes, including lifetime income, health, cognitive skills, and education. Our results show that the school lunch program generated substantial long-term benefits, where pupils exposed to the program during their entire primary school period have 3 percent greater life-time earnings. In addition, we find the effect to be greater for pupils that were exposed at earlier ages and for pupils from poor households. Finally, exposure to the school lunch program had substantial effects on educational attainment and health and these effects can explain a large part of the return to school lunches.