Rachel A. Gordon

University of Illinois
Institute of Government and Public Affairs
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NBER Working Papers and Publications

October 2019O Youth and Beauty: Children’s Looks and Children’s Cognitive Development
with Daniel S. Hamermesh, Robert Crosnoe: w26412
We use data from the 11 waves of the U.S. Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development 1991-2005, following children from ages 6 months through 15 years. Observers rated videos of them, obtaining measures of looks at each age. Given their family income, parents’ education, race/ethnicity and gender, being better-looking raised subsequent changes in measurements of objective learning outcomes. The gains imply a long-run impact on cognitive achievement of about 0.04 standard deviations per standard deviation of differences in looks. Similar estimates on changes in reading and arithmetic scores at ages 7, 11 and 16 in the U.K. National Child Development Survey 1958 cohort show larger effects. The extra gains persist when instrumenting children’s looks by their mother’s, and do not work thr...
July 2010The Child and Adult Care Food Program: Who is Served and What are Their Nutritional Outcomes?
with Robert Kaestner, Sanders Korenman, Kristin Abner: w16148
This paper addresses three basic questions about an under-studied food subsidy program, the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP): (1) Does CACFP reach targeted low-income children? (2) How do eligible families and child care providers who participate differ from those who do not participate? (3) What is the association between attending CACFP-participating child care and children's food intake, weight, and food security? We use the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort to examine these questions for a representative sample of young children and their providers. We find that program eligibility rules leave many poor children outside the CACFP program. Yet, among poor preschoolers in center-based care, participation in the program is correlated with positive outcomes such ...

Published: Gordon, Rachel A., Robert Kaestner, Sanders Korenman, and Kristin Abner. 2011. "The Child and Adult Care Food Program: Who is Served and Why?" Social Service Review 85 (3): 359 - 400. Frank R. Breul Memorial Prize for the best publication in Social Services Review 2012

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