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Recent Nutrition Assistance Publications and Reports

This page offers relevant research and commentary relating to food assistance programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and child nutrition. Nutrition assistance publications and reports archive available here.

 

SNAP

  • Laurito, A. and Schwartz, A.E., 2019. Does School Lunch Fill the “SNAP Gap” at the End of the Month?. Southern Economic Journal.

    This research, by a 2019 RIDGE grantee, uses Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS) data to understand the interaction between SNAP and school lunch just before and just after receipt of SNAP benefits.

 

  • Bitler, M.P. and Gregory, C., 2019. Food Access, Program Participation, and Health: Research Using FoodAPS. Southern Economic Journal, 86(1), pp.9-17.

    In this introduction to a special issue of the Southern Economic Journal, Marianne Bitler (a 2017 RIDGE grantee) and Christian Gregory describe a wide variety of research topics addressed with FoodAPS.

 

  • Bitler, M.P. and Seifoddini, A., 2019. Health Impacts of Food Assistance: Evidence from the United States. Annual Review of Resource Economics, 11.

    This review article covers a large body of theory and empirical research on multiple federal nutrition assistance programs.

 

  • Kang, K.M. and Moffitt, R.A., 2019. The effect of SNAP and school food programs on food security, diet quality, and food spending: Sensitivity to program reporting error. Southern Economic Journal.

     

  • Courtemanche, C., Denteh, A. and Tchernis, R., 2019. Estimating the associations between SNAP and food insecurity, obesity, and food purchases with imperfect administrative measures of participation. Southern Economic Journal, 86(1), pp.202-228.

 

  • Dorfman, J.H., Gregory, C., Liu, Z. and Huo, R., 2019. Re-examining the SNAP benefit cycle allowing for heterogeneity. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 41(3), pp.404-433.

This article, using FoodAPS data, continues a long tradition of research into the monthly cycle in SNAP transactions.

 

Child Nutrition

  • Ma, M., Saitone, T.L., Volpe, R.J., Sexton, R.J. and Saksena, M., 2019. Market concentration, market shares, and retail food prices: evidence from the US Women, Infants, and Children program. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 41(3), pp.542-562.

    Using administrative data from the Greater Los Angeles area in a novel way, this article offers insight into the connection between WIC policy and the food environment. It studies market concentration and food prices for WIC products in small and large retailers.

     

  • McLaughlin, P.W., Saitone, T.L. and Sexton, R.J., 2019. The Economics of Food Vendors Specialized to Serving the Women, Infants, and Children Program. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 101(1), pp.20-38.

    Using WIC administrative data from the Greater Los Angeles area, this study investigates the distinct role in California of specialized vendors that derive more than 50% of food sales from WIC.

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