Panel: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: New Evidence On Economic Shocks and SNAP Participation
(Social & Family Policy)

Thursday, November 8, 2012: 10:15 AM-11:45 AM
International E (Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Organizers:  Katie Fitzpatrick, Seattle University
Moderators:  Molly Dahl, Congressional Budget Office
Chairs:  Gregory Acs, Congressional Budget Office

With the changing economic and policy environment over the past decade, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the food stamp program) experienced extraordinary growth. In fiscal year 2011, one out of every seven U.S. residents received SNAP benefits, up from one out of every sixteen in the 2001 fiscal year. SNAP now provides $72 billion in benefits to 45 million individuals. As such, the role of SNAP in the social safety net merits attention. This session brings together academics, researchers, and practitioners to discuss new research on SNAP, including how to measure participation in survey data, why people participate in the program and how local economic factors affect program take-up. Research presented in this session will contribute to improving the design of this vital program, as well as informing policymakers on future trends in SNAP participation.

Seamless Transitions? Comparing Reported SNAP Transitions In SIPP with Administrative Records
Constance Newman, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Erik Scherpf, US Department of Agriculture and Graton Gathright, US Census Bureau

SNAP: Work Support or Welfare Magnet?
Jonathan Schwabish, Congressional Budget Office

Local Economic Conditions and SNAP Caseloads
Katie Fitzpatrick, Seattle University, Erik Scherpf, US Department of Agriculture and Laura Tiehen, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Getting It Right: Misreporting of Food Stamp Receipt In the Nhanes
Michael Wiseman, USDA Economic Research Service 20024 and John Kirlin, US Department of Agriculture

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