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Has the Food Stamp program become more accessible? Impacts of recent changes in reporting requirements and asset eligibility limits

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  • Maria J. Hanratty

    (Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, Minneapolis, MN)

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    This paper uses data from the 1996 and 2001 panels of the Survey of Income and Program Participation to assess the impact of recent policy initiatives intended to increase access to Food Stamps. It finds that reductions in state certification requirements increased Food Stamp participation rates of income-eligible families with children by one to two percentage points from 2001 to 2003, a change that is comparable to the impact of changes in economic conditions over this period. It did not find consistent evidence of an impact of relaxing vehicle asset limits, or of offering continuous eligibility through the Semi-Annual|Simplified Reporting option. © 2006 by the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management

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    Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

    Volume (Year): 25 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 603-621

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    Handle: RePEc:wly:jpamgt:v:25:y:2006:i:3:p:603-621

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    1. Peter Ganong & Jeffrey B. Liebman, 2013. "The Decline, Rebound, and Further Rise in SNAP Enrollment: Disentangling Business Cycle Fluctuations and Policy Changes," NBER Working Papers 19363, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Wu, Chi-Fang & Eamon, Mary Keegan, 2010. "Does receipt of public benefits reduce material hardship in low-income families with children?," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 32(10), pages 1262-1270, October.
    3. Neeraj Kaushal & Qin Gao, 2009. "Food Stamp Program and Consumption Choices," NBER Working Papers 14988, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    4. Ribar, David C. & Swann, Christopher A., 2013. "If at First You Don't Succeed: Applying for and Staying on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program," Working Papers 13-12, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics.

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