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Take-up of Free School Meals: Price Effects and Peer Effects

Holford, A (2015) 'Take-up of Free School Meals: Price Effects and Peer Effects.' Economica, 82 (328). 976 - 993. ISSN 0013-0427

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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%.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2015 08:59
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2021 10:16

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