Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Wonk Podcast: Intro & Episode 1

As young people flock to cities, more and more notice the burden of high rent. Why is rent so high, and how do we know when it's a problem? Spence breaks down rental markets with urban economist Dr. Sam Staley: how do we measure changes in the housing market, how do we decide between good and bad development, and who are the YIMBY unicorns?


Breakfast at the Desk: The Impact of Universal Breakfast Programs on Academic Performance

February 24, 2014 09:30 AM

Prepared by Dallas D. Dotter, Mathematica Policy Research, this paper was originally presented at the 2013 Fall Research Conference in the session Exploring the Impact of School Breakfast Policy. It is now featured in APPAM's Online Paper Collection.

Between 12 and 30 percent of school-aged children reportedly skip breakfast on a given weekday. To mitigate any impacts on health and academic performance, many schools implement universally free breakfast programs for students. This paper exploits the staggered implementation of an in-classroom breakfast program in San Diego elementary schools, which provides meals to all students during class time, to determine the impacts of universally free school breakfasts on student attendance rates, classroom behavior and academic performance.

Read the full paper [PDF]


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