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A Spatial Analysis of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the Appalachian Region

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  • Michieka, Nyakundi M.
  • Pradhan, Archana
  • Gebremedhin, Tesfa G.
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    Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps low income people and households buy food for proper health. This study seeks to examine the effects of changes in economic conditions and welfare on SNAP participation in the Appalachian region. Using county level data, the Spatial Durbin (SDM) Model was used to examine the effect of economic conditions, demographic attributes and institutional factors on SNAP participation. Empirical results from the marginal effects indicate that poverty had the greatest influence on SNAP participation. Findings from this study could be helpful in improving welfare programs in this region.

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    Article provided by Food Distribution Research Society in its journal Journal of Food Distribution Research.

    Volume (Year): 42 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 3 (November)
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    Handle: RePEc:ags:jlofdr:139429

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    Keywords: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; Spatial Durbin Model; Appalachia; Consumer/Household Economics; Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety; Health Economics and Policy;

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    1. Karen E. Cunnyngham & Laura A. Castner, 2009. "Reaching Those in Need: State Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Participation Rates in 2007," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 6455, Mathematica Policy Research.
    2. Dubin, Robin A., 1998. "Spatial Autocorrelation: A Primer," Journal of Housing Economics, Elsevier, vol. 7(4), pages 304-327, December.
    3. J. Paul Elhorst & Sandy Fréret, 2009. "Evidence Of Political Yardstick Competition In France Using A Two-Regime Spatial Durbin Model With Fixed Effects," Journal of Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 49(5), pages 931-951.
    4. Laura A. Castner & Allen L. Schirm, 2004. "Reaching Those in Need: State Food Stamp Participation Rates in 2001," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 3862, Mathematica Policy Research.
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