Panel: Food Expenditures, Food Insecurity, and U.S. Social Safety Net Programs after the Great Recession
(Poverty and Income Policy)

Thursday, November 2, 2017: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Dusable (Hyatt Regency Chicago)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Panel Organizers:  Matthew P. Rabbitt, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Panel Chairs:  Craig Gundersen, University of Illinois
Discussants:  Craig Gundersen, University of Illinois and Charles Courtemanche, Georgia State University

Federal Payroll Tax Policy and Food Insecurity: Evidence from a Quasi-Natural Experiment
Matthew P. Rabbitt and M. Taylor Rhodes, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Local Labor Markets and SNAP Caseloads: A Spatial Econometric Approach
Erik Scherpf1, Katie Fitzpatrick2, Laura Tiehen1 and Xinzhe Cheng3, (1)U.S. Department of Agriculture, (2)Seattle University, (3)University of California, Davis

Does Using SNAP Benefits Affect the Quality of Food Households Purchase?
Xinzhe Cheng, University of California, Davis and Charlotte Tuttle, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Changes in Low-Income Households’ Spending Patterns in Response to the 2013 SNAP Benefit Cut
Jiyoon Kim1, Charlotte Tuttle2 and Matthew P. Rabbitt2, (1)Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, (2)U.S. Department of Agriculture

This panel examines how U.S. programs and policies affect the food needs of U.S. households.   Food and nutrition assistance programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the Food Stamp Program), are designed to address the food needs of households by providing resources necessary to purchase healthy and nutritious food.  Additionally, other non-food programs and policies may facilitate greater expenditure towards food, nutrition and other household needs. In this panel, the papers examine two common, and recently utilized, policy approaches that help to address economic-wellbeing and U.S. food needs: fiscal policy and SNAP. The first paper examines the effect of the 2011 federal payroll tax cut on food insecurity and utilizes a quasi-natural experiment for identification. The second paper focuses on the relationship between SNAP receipt and the labor market. The final two papers utilize exogenous variation in SNAP benefit allotments, following the sunset of the SNAP benefit increase under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), to examine its effect on food and non-food expenditures.

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