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Department of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) Discussion Paper Series in Economics, Department of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)

No 15/2016:
Childhood Nutrition and Labor Market Outcomes: Evidence from a School Breakfast Program

Aline BŁtikofer (), Eirin MÝlland () and Kjell G. Salvanes ()

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; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: I38; (follow links to similar papers)

45 pages, August 18, 2016

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