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Joint Applied Microeconomics, Behavioral Economics & Public Economics Workshop: Justine Hastings - CANCELLED

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 11:40am to 1:10pm

Sage Hall, 141
Johnson Graduate School-Management, 106 Sage Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-6201, USA

Justine Hastings, Brown University

The Effect of SNAP on the Composition of Purchased Foods: Evidence and Implications

Abstract:  We use detailed data from a large retail panel to study the effect of participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) on the composition and nutrient content of foods purchased for at-home consumption. We find that the effect of SNAP participation is small relative to the cross-sectional variation in most of the outcomes we consider. Estimates from a model relating the composition of a household’s food purchases to the household’s current level of food spending imply that closing the gap in food spending between high-and low-SES households would not close the gap in summary measures of food healthfulness.



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economics, EconSeminar, EconPublic, EconAppliedMicro, EconBehave



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Amy Moesch

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Justine Lang

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Brown University

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