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Valuing Food Store Access: Policy Implications for the Food Stamp Program

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  • Peter M. Feather
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    Food stamp recipients may lack access to larger stores, reducing the availability of nutritious food. Reliance on smaller stores may have undesirable impacts. Policy alternatives include limiting food stamp redemption to larger stores and subsidizing store development. I estimate that limiting redemption to supermarkets and grocery stores, or supermarkets alone, results in losses ranging from $499.2 million to $1.05 billion, or $1.17 billion to $2.44 billion (respectively) annual loss in food stamp recipient welfare nationwide. The impact of improving access is also significant, ranging from $333.6 million to $931.2 million. Copyright 2003, Oxford University Press.

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    Article provided by Agricultural and Applied Economics Association in its journal American Journal of Agricultural Economics.

    Volume (Year): 85 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 162-172

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    Handle: RePEc:oup:ajagec:v:85:y:2003:i:1:p:162-172

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    1. Jetter, Karen M. & Cassady, Diana, 2004. "Explaining Disparities In The Cost Of Healthier Food," 2004 Annual meeting, August 1-4, Denver, CO 20181, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    2. Timothy K. M. Beatty, 2008. "Expenditure dispersion and dietary quality: evidence from Canada," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 17(9), pages 1001-1014.
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    5. Domanski, Adam, 2009. "Estimating Mixed Logit Recreation Demand Models With Large Choice Sets," 2009 Annual Meeting, July 26-28, 2009, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 49413, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    6. Andrews, Margaret S. & Bhatta, Rhea & Ver Ploeg, Michele, 2012. "Did the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Increase in SNAP Benefits Reduce the Impact of Food Deserts?," 2012 AAEA/EAAE Food Environment Symposium, May 30-31, Boston, MA 123520, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    7. Bonanno, Alessandro & Ghosh, Gaurav S., 2010. "SNAP Efficacy and Food Access – A Nationwide Spatial Analysis," 115th Joint EAAE/AAEA Seminar, September 15-17, 2010, Freising-Weihenstephan, Germany 116437, European Association of Agricultural Economists;Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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