The effect of the fresh fruit and vegetable program on childhood obesity

Yiwei Qian, Rodolfo M. Nayga, Jr, Michael R. Thomsen, Heather L. Rouse

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Abstract

This paper investigates how the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP), a nutrition assistance program that provides funding for the distribution of free fresh fruits and vegetables to students in participating schools, affects childhood obesity using a panel data set of Arkansas public schoolchildren with two different approaches. First, we combine matching methodology and differencein-differences (DID) analysis. Second, we use the synthetic control method to compare each FFVP participating school to a similar, albeit synthetic, control school. Both analyses show that FFVP program causes an economically meaningful reduction in the obesity outcome of participating children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)260-275
Number of pages16
JournalApplied Economic Perspectives and Policy
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Keywords

  • Body mass index
  • Childhood obesity
  • Difference-in-differences
  • Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
  • Matching
  • Synthetic control

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  • Economics and Econometrics

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The effect of the fresh fruit and vegetable program on childhood obesity. / Qian, Yiwei; Nayga, Jr, Rodolfo M.; Thomsen, Michael R.; Rouse, Heather L.

In: Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, Vol. 38, No. 2, 2016, p. 260-275.

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Qian, Yiwei ; Nayga, Jr, Rodolfo M. ; Thomsen, Michael R. ; Rouse, Heather L. / The effect of the fresh fruit and vegetable program on childhood obesity. In: Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy. 2016 ; Vol. 38, No. 2. pp. 260-275.
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