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Food Stamp Program and Consumption Choices

Edited by Neeraj Kaushal and Qin Gao

in Economic Aspects of Obesity

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780226310091
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226310107 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226310107.003.0009
Food Stamp Program and Consumption Choices

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This chapter discusses the Food Stamp Program (FSP) of the United States and food consumption. It investigates the effect of FSP on food expenditures in families headed by low-educated, single mothers during 1994 to 2004. It studied the association between the food stamp caseload and pattern and quantity of food expenditures. Analysis suggests that the food stamp caseload does not have any statistically significant association with total expenditure on food. The point estimates were small and statistically insignificant. It found some weak evidence that an increase in the caseload was associated with an increase in expenditure on food away from home, but the estimated associations between the caseload and expenditures on food items were small and statistically insignificant. It is possible that the expansions in the FSP have a small impact on family incomes but the data do not have the power to measure such a small-sized effect.

Keywords: food stamp program; United States; food consumption; food expenditure; income

Chapter.  10815 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economics

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