Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Discussion Paper Series in Economics,
Norwegian School of Economics, Department of Economics

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

Aline Bütikofer (), Eirin Mølland () and Kjell G. Salvanes ()
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Aline Bütikofer: Dept. of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, Postal: NHH , Department of Economics, Helleveien 30, N-5045 Bergen, Norway
Eirin Mølland: Agderforskning, Postal: Agderforskning, Gimlemoen 19, 4630 Kristiansand S, Norge
Kjell G. Salvanes: Dept. of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, Postal: NHH , Department of Economics, Helleveien 30, N-5045 Bergen, Norway

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

JEL-codes: I38

45 pages, August 18, 2016

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