The Impact of the National School Lunch Program on Child Health: A Nonparametric Bounds Analysis

Authors: John Pepper, Craig Gunderson, Brent Kreider

Children in households reporting the receipt of free or reduced-price school meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) are more likely to have negative health outcomes than observationally similar nonparticipants. Assessing causal effects of the program is made difficult, however, by missing counterfactuals and systematic underreporting of program participation. 

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