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The Effect of the Food Stamp Program on the Nutrient Intake of the Eligible Elderly

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  • J. S. Butler
  • James C. Ohls
  • Barbara Posner
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    An objective of the Food Stamp Program, recognized in its originating legislation, is to increase the nutrient intake of the poor. Economic theory suggests this might be achieved through income effects and program-related effects. This paper, using data from the Food Stamp Cashout Project, tests the effectiveness of food stamps and direct cash transfers in achieving this goal for a sample of elderly households. Food Stamp Program effects were negligible, and nutrient intake did not increase with income in either program. Controlling for the endogeneity of participation with a selection bias technique did not affect these results.

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    Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Journal of Human Resources.

    Volume (Year): 20 (1985)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 405-420

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    Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:20:y:1985:i:3:p:405-420

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    1. Liu, Xiaowen & Yen, Steven T., 2009. "The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Nutrient Intakes," 2009 Annual Meeting, July 26-28, 2009, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 49529, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    2. Thomas M. Fraker & Alberto P. Martini & James C. Ohls & Michael Ponza, 1995. "The effects of cashing-out food stomps on household food use and the cost of issuing benefits," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 14(3), pages 372-392.
    3. Yen, Steven T., 2010. "The effects of SNAP and WIC programs on nutrient intakes of children," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 35(6), pages 576-583, December.
    4. Breunig, Robert & Dasgupta, Indraneel & Gundersen, Craig & Pattanaik, Prasanta, 2001. "Explaining The Food Stamp Cash-Out Puzzle," Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Reports 33869, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

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