Tag Archives: SNAP

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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The Decline, Rebound, and Further Rise in SNAP Enrollment: Disentangling Business Cycle Fluctuations and Policy Changes

From Peter Ganong and Jeff Liebman: Approximately 1-in-7 people and 1-in-4 children received benefits from the US Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in July 2011, both all-time highs. We analyze changes in SNAP take-up over the past two decades. From 1994 … 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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