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J Public Econ. 2015 Apr 1;124:91-104.

Nutrition and Cognitive Achievement: An Evaluation of the School Breakfast Program.

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University of Iowa, Tippie College of Business, Department of Economics, 21 E. Market St., Iowa City, IA 52242; ; ; david-frisvold@uiowa.edu.

Abstract

This paper investigates the impact of the School Breakfast Program (SBP) on cognitive achievement. The SBP is a federal entitlement program that offers breakfast to any student, including free breakfast for any low-income student, who attends a school that participates in the program. To increase the availability of the SBP, many states mandate that schools participate in the program if the percent of free or reduced-price eligible students in a school exceeds a specific threshold. Using the details of these mandates as a source of identifying variation, I find that the availability of the program increases student achievement.

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School Breakfast Program; achievement; education; nutrition

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