Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/145029
Authors: 
Chakraborty, Tanika
Jayaraman, Rajshri
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 5994
Abstract: 
We study the effect of the world’s largest school feeding program on children’s learning outcomes. Staggered implementation across different states of a 2001 Indian Supreme Court Directive mandating the introduction of free school lunches in public primary schools generates plausibly exogenous variation in program exposure across different birth cohorts. We exploit this to estimate the effect of program exposure on math and reading test scores of primary school-aged children. We find that midday meals have a dramatic positive effect on learning achievement: children with up to 5 years of primary school exposure improve their test scores by approximately 10-20%. We further investigate various channels that may account for this improvement including enrollment and nutrition-learning effects, heterogeneous responses by socio-economic status, complementary schooling inputs, and intra-household redistribution.
Subjects: 
school feeding
learning
midday meal
primary school education
JEL: 
I21
I25
O12
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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