THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FOOD INSECURITY AND ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT IN THE UNITED STATES
Food insecurity negatively affects a subset of U.S. households and remains an important policy challenge. As the earliest years of life have been proven to be the most important period in an individual’s physical and cognitive development, it is especially important to assess the impact of food insecurity on children. Previous studies have explored the relationship between food security status and health, behavior, and academic factors using panel data for elementary school students. This paper contributes to the literature by examining the association between food insecurity and academic achievement, measured by math and reading scores, following a panel of students from kindergarten through the eighth grade. My results indicate there is no relationship between food insecurity and test scores.
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