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ERIC Number: ED574665
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1936-9379
Families with Hungry Children and the Transition from Preschool to Kindergarten. University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research Discussion Paper Series, DP2012-19
Arteaga, Irma; Heflin, Colleen; Gable, Sara
University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research
This paper exploits a source of variation in the eligibility for federal nutrition programs to identify the program effects on food insecurity. Children are eligible for the WIC [Women, Infants and Children] program until the day before they turn 61 months old. The result is an age discontinuity in program participation at the 61-month cutoff. Using the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study Birth-cohort dataset, we find strong evidence of a sizeable increase in household food insecurity at the 61-month cutoff. Our findings are robust to different model specifications, datasets, and various bandwidth choices using various non-parametric estimations. A section on data sources is appended.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Food and Nutrition Service (USDA)
Authoring Institution: University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Early Childhood Longitudinal Survey