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Food for Thought: Evaluating the Impact of India’s Mid-Day Meal Program on Educational Attainment

Publisher: Berkeley Economics

This paper evaluates the Mid-Day Meal Program by estimating the impact of receipt of the program on primary school enrollment. A propensity score matching method is used, and the dataset is from India’s 2004 Socio-Economic Survey. Results indicate that the school feeding program was extremely successful in raising enrollment rates, particularly among children from the lowest socio-economic backgrounds. This evidence reaffirms the positive impact of government transfer programs on educational outcomes, and suggests hopeful results for the implementation of similar programs in other regions.

Author(s): Stephanie Bonds | Views(285)

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