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Title:More apples less chips? The effect of school fruit schemes on the consumption of junk food PDF Logo
Authors:Brunello, Giorgio
De Paola, Maria
Labartino, Giovanna
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report no.:Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6496
Abstract:We use scanner data of supermarket sales to investigate the effects of the EU School Fruit campaign, conducted in a sample of primary schools in the city of Rome during 2010 and 2011, on the consumption of unhealthy snacks. We allocate supermarkets to treatment and control groups depending on whether they are located or not near treated schools and estimate the causal effect of the program by comparing the changes in the sales of snacks in treated stores with the changes in control stores. We find evidence that the campaign reduced the consumption of unhealthy snacks bought in stores located in high income areas. No effect is found in poorer areas. Repeated treatment does not strengthen the effects of the program.
Subjects:EU School Fruit campaign
junk food
Rome
JEL:I18
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-2012080812405
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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