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SNAP Schedules and Domestic Violence

Jillian B. Carr and Analisa Packham

Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 2021, vol. 40, issue 2, 412-452

Abstract: This paper exploits a policy change in Illinois that altered monthly nutritional assistance benefits dates to estimate the impact of in‐kind benefit receipt on domestic violence. We find that issuing SNAP benefits on days other than the first of the month increases domestic crimes. On average, we find the shifting benefit dates increases domestic abuse by 6.9 percent and child maltreatment by 30.0 percent. We posit that these effects are driven by increases in opportunities for conflict or changes in drug use.

Date: 2021
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