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Title:Take-up of Free School Meals: Price effects and peer effects PDF Logo
Authors:Holford, Angus
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report no.:ISER Working Paper Series 2012-12
Abstract:Almost 300,000 entitled children do not participate in the UK's Free School Meals (FSM) programme, worth up to £400 per year. Welfare take-up can be stigma and lack of information. This paper uses a school-level dataset and fixed-effect instrumental variables strategy to show that peer-group participation has a substantial role in overcoming these barriers. Identification of endogenous peer effects is achieved by exploiting a scheme which extended FSM entitlement to all children in some school cohorts. Results show that in a typical school a 10 percentage point rise in peer-group take-up would reduce non-participation by almost a quarter.
Subjects:school meals
peer effects
welfare stigma
aggregated data
JEL:H75
I28
I38
Z13
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:ISER Working Paper Series, Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex

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