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Do State Snap Policies Influence Program Participation among Seniors?

Jordan Jones, Charles Courtemanche, Augustine Denteh, James Marton and Rusty Tchernis

No 14564, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: Senior participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has traditionally been lower than other groups among those eligible, with historical estimates below 50 percent. We examine the impacts of state SNAP policies on program participation among low-income senior (age 60 and older) and non-senior households using data from the 2001-2014 December Current Population Survey Food Security Supplement. Our results suggest that policies designed to expand SNAP eligibility modestly increased participation among seniors but led to larger increases among non-seniors. In contrast, we find little evidence of effects of policies related to transaction costs, stigma, or outreach on either group.

Keywords: SNAP; seniors; participation; eligibility (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I32 I38 J14 Q18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 32 pages
Date: 2021-07
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