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    • PI: Dr. Jaclyn Kropp
    • Co-PI: Dr. Sonam Gupta
  • University of Florida
  • Title:
    The Effect of Informational Nudging on Pre-Ordered Food Choices of Middle School National School Lunch Program Participants (ongoing project)
  • Project Progress:
    This study examines the effects of informational nudges received while pre-ordering on the selection of fruits and vegetables by middle school National School Lunch Program (NSLP) participants in two Florida schools. After pre-ordering their school lunches for three weeks, participants were randomly assigned to one of three treatment groups. Students in the first treatment group received information pertaining to their own selection of fruits and vegetables for the prior five school days; students in the second treatment group received information about their own selection as well as information pertaining to the selection of these items by students in the same grade and school (peers); and students in the third treatment group received information on their own selection, selection of their peers, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) MyPlate recommendations. Using difference-in-difference regression analysis, we find that students in the second treatment group selected significantly less vegetables during the nudging (intervention) phase of the study relative to students in the first treatment group. However, receiving information about the USDA recommendations mitigated the negative effects of receiving information on peer selection.