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Economic Impact Payments and Household Food Insufficiency during COVID-19: The Case of Late Recipients

Ahmad Zia Wahdat ()
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Ahmad Zia Wahdat: Purdue University

Economics of Disasters and Climate Change, 2022, vol. 6, issue 3, No 2, 469 pages

Abstract: Abstract During the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. government distributed Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) to ease the economic hardships of American households. Using the Household Pulse Survey, we study the association of first-round EIPs with household-level food insufficiency in a sample of late recipients of EIPs. Studying the late recipients is important for two reasons, first, about 12 million eligible individuals did not automatically receive EIPs, and second, the late receipt of EIPs and the low-income status of late recipients allow us to tease out the relationship between EIPs and food insufficiency. We find that EIPs were associated with a 9.2 percentage points decrease in the likelihood of food insufficiency. However, households kept relying on free food acquisition to fight food hardship. Our results suggest that government efforts to provide more timely stimulus payments could be very impactful and significantly impact household food insufficiency.

Keywords: Fiscal policy; Stimulus payments; COVID-19; Food insufficiency (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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