Measuring Food Expenditure Poverty in SNAP Populations: Some Extensions with an Application to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Yanliang Yang, George C. Davis, Wen You, Craig Gundersen

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Abstract

The adequacy of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits is always an important concern. This article extends the most common measure for evaluating the adequacy of SNAP, food expenditures, and uses more comprehensive metrics to evaluate the impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). These more comprehensive metrics are easy to implement with existing data, more closely tied to the purpose of the SNAP, and indicate a slightly larger impact of the ARRA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-152
Number of pages20
JournalApplied Economic Perspectives and Policy
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Food Expenditure Poverty
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • Thrifty Food Plan.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Economics and Econometrics

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