Food stamp benefits and child poverty

Dean Jolliffe, Craig Gundersen, Laura Tiehen, Joshua Winicki

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In 2000, 8.8 million children lived in households participating in the Food Stamp Program, making this assistance program a crucial component of the social safety net. Despite its importance, little research has examined food stamps' effect on children's overall well-being. Using the Current Population Survey from 1989 to 2001, we consider the impact of food stamps on three measures of poverty - the headcount, the poverty gap, and the squared poverty gap. We find that in comparison to the headcount measure, food stamp benefits lead to large reductions in the poverty gap and squared poverty gap measures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)569-581
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Child poverty
  • Current population survey
  • Food stamps

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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