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ERIC Number: ED503678
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
The School Breakfast Program and Breakfast Consumption. Discussion Paper No. 1360-08
Waehrer, Geetha M.
Institute for Research on Poverty
This paper analyzes the effect of participation in the School Breakfast Program (SBP) on breakfast consumption using time-diary data from the Child Development Supplement of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics. Participation effects are identified by comparing differences in breakfast patterns between weekdays (when children are in school) and weekends (when they are not), for program participants versus nonparticipants. Results suggest that the SBP is associated with a significant reduction in the likelihood of eating breakfast. Additional analyses of the availability of the SBP in schools and adjustments for the quality of the time-diary data fail to alter this basic result. A plausible interpretation of this counter-intuitive result is that, contrary to parents' expectations, participating children may not actually be eating the breakfasts provided at school. (Contains 7 footnotes and 8 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Economic Research Service (USDA)
Authoring Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Institute for Research on Poverty
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A