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Are People Ashamed of Paying with Food Stamps?

  • Robert Breunig
  • Indraneel Dasgupta

As is amply documented, there appears to be a large discrepancy between the marginal propensity to purchace food ou of cash income and that out of food stamps. In this paper, we have examined both the formal and empirical bases of the claim that marginal welfare stigma explains this puzzling empirical regularity.

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Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Journal of Agricultural Economics.

Volume (Year): 54 (2003)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 203-225

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Handle: RePEc:bla:jageco:v:54:y:2003:i:2:p:203-225
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  1. Besley, Timothy & Coate, Stephen, 1992. "Understanding welfare stigma: Taxpayer resentment and statistical discrimination," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 48(2), pages 165-183, July.
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  7. Thomas M. Fraker & Alberto P. Martini & James C. Ohls, 1995. "The Effect of Food Stamp Cashout on Food Expenditures: An Assessment of the Findings from Four Demonstrations," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 30(4), pages 633-649.
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