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Working Paper
CESifo Working Paper Series No. 5994
Tanika Chakraborty, Rajshri Jayaraman (2016)
Subject(s)
Economics, politics and business environment
Keyword(s)
School feeding, learning, midday meal, primary school education
JEL Code(s)
I210, I250, O120
Working Paper
CESifo Working Paper Series No. 5118
Steffen Altmann, Armin Falk, Paul Heidhues, Rajshri Jayaraman (2014)
Subject(s)
Economics, politics and business environment
Keyword(s)
Default options, charitable giving, online platforms, field experiment
JEL Code(s)
C93, D03, D64
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Working Paper
NBER Working Paper No. 19849
Subject(s)
Economics, politics and business environment
Keyword(s)
Labor contracts, incentives, behavioral economics, plantations
JEL Code(s)
D23, J33, L25
ISSN (Print)
0898-2937
Working Paper
NBER Working Paper No. 19212
Lawrence E. Blume, William A. Brock, Steven N. Durlauf, Rajshri Jayaraman (2013)
Subject(s)
Economics, politics and business environment
Keyword(s)
social interactions, identification, incomplete information games
JEL Code(s)
C21, C23, C31, C35, C72, Z13
Pages
55
ISSN (Print)
0898-2937
Working Paper
International Growth Centre Working Paper
Rajshri Jayaraman, Debraj Ray, Shing-Yi Wang (2013)
Subject(s)
Economics, politics and business environment; Health and environment
Subject(s)
Economics, politics and business environment
Keyword(s)
primary school enrollment, school lunches, natural experiment, ITT
At the end of 2001, the Indian Supreme Court issued a directive ordering states to institute school lunches – known locally as "midday meals" – in government primary schools. This paper provides a large-scale assessment of the enrollment effects of India's midday meal scheme, which offers warm lunches, free of cost, to 120 million primary school children across India and is the largest school feeding program in the world. To isolate the causal effect of the policy, we make use of staggered implementation across Indian states in government but not private schools. Using a panel data set of almost 500,000 schools observed annually from 2002 to 2004, we find that midday meals result in substantial increases in primary school enrollment, driven by early primary school responses to the program. Our results are robust to a wide range of specification tests.
Pages
46
ISSN (Print)
1866–3494