Estimating the price elasticity of demand for school meals

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Sector: Economics of Education | Education
Client: N/A
Published: 2010
Document type: Report 
Tagged: modelling quantitative analysis stakeholder surveys and consultations England

London Economics were commissioned by the School Food Trust to undertake an analysis of the relationship between the price charged for school meals and take up. The analysis involved an assessment of the academic literature relating to the elasticity of demand for food and food product with respect to price and income; an analysis of secondary data from the Food Expenditure Survey and previous School Food Trust Annual Surveys; an assessment of the opportunity cost associated with school meal provision (from the perspective of parents); and a detailed investigation of the actual take up of and price data from a number of Local Authorities.