Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/39926
Authors: 
Jayaraman, Rajshri
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
Proceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, Frankfurt a.M. 2009 15
Abstract: 
Education is thought to be central to economic development. Yet, relatively little is known about how developing countries might advance school participation. In November, 2001 the Indian Supreme Court issued a remarkable interim order directing errant Indian states to other children in government primary schools a warm school lunch. This paper uses this exogenous policy change to evaluate the impact of school lunches on early primary school enrolment. It finds that the introduction of a school lunch is associated with a 25 per cent increase in class 1 enrolment. There is, however, no evidence to suggest that school lunches bridge the overall gender or caste gaps in enrolment.
Subjects: 
education
school lunches
quasi-natural experiment
JEL: 
I2
O22
O12
Document Type: 
Conference Paper

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