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Do Intra‐Household Effects Generate the Food Stamp Cash‐Out Puzzle?

Do Intra‐Household Effects Generate the Food Stamp Cash‐Out Puzzle? Previous empirical studies have noted the higher marginal propensity to consume food out of food stamps in the United States, compared to that out of cash income. Analyzing data from U.S. Food Stamp Program participants, we find evidence that this discrepancy may be driven primarily by the behavior of multiple‐adult households. Single‐adult households show no evidence of any discrepancy. Thus, our results suggest that food stamp and cash income (welfare or market) may have very different impact on the intra‐household allocation process, and that this is reflected empirically in the cash‐out puzzle. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Agricultural Economics Wiley

Do Intra‐Household Effects Generate the Food Stamp Cash‐Out Puzzle?

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
© Agricultural and Applied Economics Association
ISSN
0002-9092
eISSN
1467-8276
DOI
10.1111/j.1467-8276.2005.00747.x
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Abstract

Previous empirical studies have noted the higher marginal propensity to consume food out of food stamps in the United States, compared to that out of cash income. Analyzing data from U.S. Food Stamp Program participants, we find evidence that this discrepancy may be driven primarily by the behavior of multiple‐adult households. Single‐adult households show no evidence of any discrepancy. Thus, our results suggest that food stamp and cash income (welfare or market) may have very different impact on the intra‐household allocation process, and that this is reflected empirically in the cash‐out puzzle.

Journal

American Journal of Agricultural EconomicsWiley

Published: Aug 1, 2005

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