Panel: The Effects of SNAP on Individuals' Well-Being
(Poverty and Income Policy)

Thursday, November 7, 2019: 10:15 AM-11:45 AM
I.M Pei Tower: Terrace Level, Columbine (Sheraton Denver Downtown)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Organizer:  Marianne Page, University of California, Davis
Panel Chair:  Analisa Packham, Vanderbilt University
Discussant:  Jason Cook, University of Pittsburgh

This panel, comprised of both practitioners and academics, provides important empirical evidence on the effects of the SNAP program on low-income families' well-being.  Historically, research on SNAP's benefits has focused on measuring the extent to which SNAP alleviates contemporaneous poverty.  Recently, however, researchers have begun to evaluate SNAP from an investment perspective, investigating the extent to which the program affects multiple measures of well-being that lay the foundation for individuals' later economic success.  The papers included in this session take different approaches, consider different aspects of the program, and examine different outcomes, which, when taken together, provide a broad picture of how SNAP affects families' welfare.  The first paper extends recent work demonstrating that prenatal and early life access to SNAP improves health in both infancy and adulthood, to examine whether these benefits spillover to the health of later offspring.  The second paper documents the relationship between food availability--as related to SNAP's monthly distribution cycle--and adolescents' performance on high stakes achievement tests.  The final paper focuses on how the monthly distribution cycle affects SNAP participants' reports of food insecurity.

The Long-Run Effects of Poverty and Food Insecurity
Lewis H. Warren, U.S. Census Bureau and Stephen Woodbury, Michigan State University

SNAP As an Investment in Future Generations' Health
Marianne Page, University of California, Davis and Chloe East, University of Colorado, Denver

Hungry for Success? SNAP Timing, SAT Scores, and College Attendance
Jillian Carr1, Timothy N. Bond1, Analisa Packham2 and Jonathan Smith3, (1)Purdue University, (2)Vanderbilt University, (3)Georgia State University

SNAP Timing and Food Insecurity
Christian Gregory and Jessica E. Todd, U.S. Department of Agriculture

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