Table 1

Descriptive Statistics and Balance of Covariates at Baseline, Full Baseline Sample

Control (N = 1,612)School Feeding (N = 1,821)School Feeding – Control Difference (SE)
Child age in months102.73103.921.185
(30.77)(31.45)(1.485)
Child is male0.540.51−0.027
(0.50)(0.50)(0.018)
Enrolled0.990.98−0.007
(0.11)(0.14)(0.006)
Child has child fallen ill in last 7 days0.100.09−0.010
(0.31)(0.29)(0.013)
Highest grade completed1.671.760.088
(1.53)(1.48)(0.083)
Child has repeated a grade0.110.120.011
(0.32)(0.33)(0.020)
Absent from school in past 7 days0.120.170.050
(0.66)(0.76)(0.041)
Private school0.100.110.010
(0.30)(0.31)(0.033)
Height-for-age z-scores−1.11−1.050.062
(1.35)(1.29)(0.088)
Number of children of target age3.383.24−0.142
(1.69)(1.71)(0.184)
Number of children under 5 years1.060.94−0.117
(0.94)(0.96)(0.092)
Household size6.776.60−0.178
(2.72)(2.67)(0.313)
Head of the household is male0.810.80−0.004
(0.39)(0.40)(0.040)
Head of the household’s age44.0645.521.477*
(12.05)(12.69)(0.742)
Mother’s age37.4538.581.128
(10.83)(10.95)(0.740)
Mother’s education in years5.226.010.789
(5.01)(4.17)(0.662)
Wealth index13.2113.380.174
(11.45)(11.77)(1.541)
Sold agriculture produce in the past year0.510.43−0.074
(0.50)(0.50)(0.055)
Per capita expenditure2,085.172,092.627.446
(993.87)(1,097.27)(109.181)
Household owns livestock0.680.66−0.012
(0.47)(0.47)(0.048)
Urban0.060.060.001
(0.24)(0.24)(0.039)
Northern regions0.430.500.066
(0.50)(0.50)(0.110)
  • Notes:

  • * p < 0.1.

  • N = 3,433. This table presents descriptive statistics for the full baseline sample of eligible children at baseline, stratified by assignment to treatment. The sample refers to all children aged 5–15 interviewed at baseline, prior to attrition. Mean and standard deviation in parentheses. The school feeding – control difference column reports the school feeding coefficient of a basic OLS regression with each covariate as an outcome and standard errors clustered at the community level. For each variable, the estimated school feeding coefficient provides the difference between the school feeding and control groups and its standard errors.