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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Snap Expansions and Participation in Government Safety Net Programs

Jeehoon Han (Zhejiang University), Snap Expansions and Participation in Government Safety Net Programs, 58(4) Econ. Inquiry 1929 (2020):

This paper investigates the interactions between health and nutritional assistance programs such as Medicaid, SNAP, WIC, and school lunch programs. Exploiting variation in SNAP eligibility across states and over time, I find strong evidence of program interactions: when a state moves from the federal rule to the most extensive SNAP eligibility rule, enrollment in free school lunch and WIC increases by 4.1 and 7.9 percentage points, respectively. I estimate that the federal government spends an additional 74 cents on the school lunch program and WIC for each dollar spent on SNAP due to the expansion.

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