Tag Archives: Poverty

Public Insurance and Mortality: Evidence from Medicaid Implementation

From Andrew Goodman-Bacon: This paper provides new evidence that Medicaid’s introduction reduced mortality rates among nonwhite infants and children in the 1960s and 1970s. Medicaid required states to cover all cash welfare recipients, which induced substantial cross-state variation in the share … Continue reading

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Don’t Call Retreat in the War on Hunger

From Patricia Anderson, Kristin Butcher, Hilary Hoynes, Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach: The real crisis is hunger, not government spending. The House voted last week to cut $39 billion over 10 years on the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, also called both SNAP … Continue reading

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The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same: The Safety Net, Living Arrangements, and Poverty in the Great Recession

From Marianne Bitler and Hilary Hoynes: Much attention has been given to the large increase in safety net spending, particularly in Unemployment Insurance and Food Stamps, during the Great Recession. In this paper we examine the relationship between poverty, the social and … Continue reading

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Quantifying the Extent of “Mooching”

Here are two quick items that help provide perspective on the generosity (or lack thereof) of the safety net. First, the average household that receives food stamps gets less than $10 per day. In an average month in fiscal year … Continue reading

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Interesting Historical Anecdote on the Origins of SNAP (Food Stamps) from Hillary Hoynes

Hillary Hoynes gave a departmental seminar at Berkeley a few weeks ago and mentioned an interesting historical anecdote about the food stamp program. Apparently, JFK came back from a campaign visit to Appalachia and was so disturbed by what he … Continue reading

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