Economic Incentives For Dietary Improvement Among Food Stamp Recipients
Abstract"Most Americans need to consume more fruits, vegetables, and dairy products. This need is particularly acute among low-income individuals. This study examines the cost-effectiveness of two economic policies that use alternative policy levers available within the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamp Program) to increase consumption of these under-consumed foods. Data from three nationally representative surveys are used to estimate demand elasticities, marginal propensity to spend on food out of food stamp benefits, and consumption amount of and spending on under-consumed foods among food stamp recipients. Results suggest that a 10% price subsidy would curtail consumption deficiencies by 4%-7% at an estimated cost of $734 million a year. When the same $734 million is used to finance food stamp benefits, consumption deficiencies are predicted to narrow by only 0.35%-0.40%." ("JEL" C34, D12, Q18) Copyright (c) 2010 Western Economic Association International.
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Volume (Year): 28 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
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- Lin, Biing-Hwan & Yen, Steven T. & Dong, Diansheng & Smallwood, David M., 2009. "Economic Incentives For Dietary Improvement Among Food Stamp Recipients," 2009 Pre-Conference Workshop, August 16, 2009, Diet and Obesity: Role of Prices and Policies 53339, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
- C34 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Truncated and Censored Models; Switching Regression Models
- D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
- Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy
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