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The Effect of Safety-Net Programs on Food Insecurity

Lucie Schmidt (), Lara Shore-Sheppard () and Tara Watson

Journal of Human Resources, 2016, vol. 51, issue 3, 589-614

Abstract: We investigate to what extent major safety-net program benefits affect food insecurity in families. We impute program eligibility and benefits in each state for 2001–2009, accounting for cross-program eligibility rules. We use simulated eligibility and benefits for a nationally representative sample as instruments for imputed eligibility and potential benefits. Among nonimmigrant, low-income, single-parent families, $1,000 in potential cash or food benefits reduces the incidence of food insecurity by 1.1 percentage points on a base of 33 percent. Cash and food both reduce food insecurity. The results highlight the importance of jointly considering a full range of safety-net programs.

Date: 2016
Note: DOI: doi:10.3368/jhr.51.3.1013-5987R1
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