The impact of food stamps on food expenditures: Rejection of the traditional model

Benjamin H Senauer, Nathan Young

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Abstract

For food stamp recipients whose normal food purchases exceed their coupon allotment, the traditional economic model predicts that the impact of food stamps on food spending will be the same as for an equal cash transfer. The Tobit analysis in this study indicates that, for these recipients. food stamps have a substantially greater impact on at-home food expenditures than an equal amount of cash income. These results reject the traditional model. Several possible explanations of this behavior are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-43
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics
Volume68
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1986

Keywords

  • Food expenditures
  • Food stamps
  • Tobit analysis

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