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More Apples Less Chips? School Fruit Schemes and Junk Food Consumption


We use scanner data of supermarket sales to investigate the effects on the consumption of unhealthy snacks of the EU School Fruit campaign, conducted in a sample of primary schools in the city of Rome during 2010 and 2011. We allocate supermarkets to treatment and control depending on whether they are located or not near treated schools and estimate the causal effect of the program by comparing the changes in the sales of snacks in treated stores with the changes in control stores. We find evidence that the campaign reduced the consumption of unhealthy snacks bought in regular stores located in high income areas. No effect is found in poorer areas and in discount stores. Repeated treatment does not strengthen the effects of the program

Authors of this paper are Giorgio  Brunello (University of Padova, IZA and Cesifo), Maria De Paola (University of Calabria) and Giovanna Labartino (IRVAPP)

Giovanna Labartino
Short bio: 

Giovanna Labartino  is a research fellow at the Research Institute for the Evaluation of Public Policies (IRVAPP).  She holds a Ph.D in Economics from Bocconi University, a MSC in Economics from University of Essex, and a BSc in Economics and Social Sciences from Bocconi University. Prior to this position, she was Post Doc fellow at the department of Economics in Padova  University. She worked as consultant at IMF in 2007 and a editiorial secretary at in 2004. Her scientific interests cross the fields of education and labor economics . Her current research includes analyses of the academic research in Italy, the presence of family links in licensed occupation and the study of obesity and overweight across in Italy.

19 May 2012 - 15:30

IRVAPP/Fondazione Bruno Kessler - Via Santa Croce 77 - Trento


The presentation will be in English.