Skip to content. | Skip to navigation

Personal tools

Navigation

You are here: Home / Coming Up / Local Food Prices, SNAP Purchasing Power, and Child Health

Local Food Prices, SNAP Purchasing Power, and Child Health

AREC Seminar Series
When May 01, 2018
from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where Symons Hall, Room 3121
Contact Name Mary Zaki
Add event to calendar vCal
iCal

Hilary Hoynes, Professor of Public Policy and Economics, Haas Distinguished Chair in Economic Disparities, UC Berkeley

Paper: Local Food Prices, SNAP Purchasing Power, and Child Health

Abstract: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) is one of the most important elements of the social safety net. Unlike most other safety net programs, SNAP varies little across states and over time, which creates challenges for quasi-experimental evaluation. Notably, SNAP benefits are fixed across 48 states; but local food prices vary, leading to geographic variation in the real value of SNAP benefits. In this study, we provide the first estimates that leverage variation in the real value of SNAP benefits across markets to examine effects of SNAP on child health. We link panel data on regional food prices to National Health Interview Survey data and use a fixed effects framework to estimate the relationship between local purchasing power of SNAP and children’s health and health care utilization. We find that children in market regions with lower SNAP purchasing power utilize less preventive health care. Lower real SNAP benefits also lead to an increase in school absences. We find no effect on reported health status.

Date, Time, Location:  Tuesday, May 1st, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m., Symons Hall, Room 3121

Hosted by:  Mary Zaki, MPRC Faculty Associate

« December 2018 »
December
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031