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Take-up of Free School Meals: price effects and peer effects

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Publication date

Oct 2015

Summary

29% of the 1.4 million eligible children do not participate in the UK's
Free School Meals programme. Like other welfare benefits, take-up of
free school meals is affected by stigma and lack of information. This
paper uses a fixed-effect instrumental variables strategy to evaluate
the role of peer-group participation in overcoming these barriers.
Identification of endogenous peer effects is achieved by exploiting a
scheme that extended free school meal entitlement to all children in
some areas. Results show that a 10 percentage point rise in peer-group
take-up reduces non-participation by 3.3–4.0 percentage points, or
between 29% and 35%.

Published in

Economica

Volume and page numbers

82 , 976 -993

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecca.12147

ISSN

16

Subjects

Education, Welfare Benefits, and Health

Links

University of Essex, Albert Sloman Library Periodicals *restricted to University of Essex registered users* - http://serlib0.essex.ac.uk/record=b1597373~S5


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