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Spatial Food Stamp Program Participation Dynamics in U.S. Counties


  • Goetz, Stephan J.

    (Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, PA State U)

  • Rupasingha, Anil

    (American U Sharjah)

  • Zimmerman, Julie N.

    (U KY)


Understanding the factors that account for differences in food stamp expenditure dynamics over space is important not only for potentially improving public policy but also for clarifying the relative roles of factors that are and are not under the control of welfare recipients in determining their ability to move off welfare rolls. This study contributes to the literature by including a better measure of employment opportunities for welfare recipients, allowing for potential endogeneity in the unemployment rate, and by correcting for spatial dependence bias that may result from the clustering of poverty in pockets.

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  • Goetz, Stephan J. & Rupasingha, Anil & Zimmerman, Julie N., 2004. "Spatial Food Stamp Program Participation Dynamics in U.S. Counties," The Review of Regional Studies, Southern Regional Science Association, vol. 34(2), pages 172-190.
  • Handle: RePEc:rre:publsh:v:34:y:2004:i:2:p:172-90

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    1. Pender, John & Jo, Young & Miller, Cristina, 2015. "Economic Impacts of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Payments in Nonmetro vs. Metro Counties," 2015 AAEA & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting, July 26-28, San Francisco, California 205626, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    2. 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.
    3. Tim Slack & Candice Myers, 2014. "The Great Recession and the Changing Geography of Food Stamp Receipt," Population Research and Policy Review, Springer;Southern Demographic Association (SDA), vol. 33(1), pages 63-79, February.
    4. Benita Y. Tam & Leanne Findlay & Dafna Kohen, 2014. "Social Networks as a Coping Strategy for Food Insecurity and Hunger for Young Aboriginal and Canadian Children," Societies, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 4(3), pages 1-14, September.
    5. Hema Swaminathan & Jill L. Findeis, 2004. "Policy Intervention and Poverty in Rural America," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 86(5), pages 1289-1296.
    6. Robert B. Nielsen & Martin C. Seay & Melissa J. Wilmarth, 2018. "The Receipt of Government Food Assistance: Differences Between Metro and Non-Metro Households," Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Springer, vol. 39(1), pages 117-131, March.

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    Food Stamp; Policy; Spatial; Welfare;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population


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