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Effects of Economic Conditions and Program Policy on State Food Stamp Program Caseloads, 2000 to 2006
James Mabil (au); Emily Sama Martin (au); Laura Castner (au)
This study uses a unique combination of State panel data and qualitative interviews to examine the economic and policy factors associated with the sharp increase in the number of Food Stamp Program (FSP) participants between 2000 and 2006. This period is particularly interesting because the rise in participation between 2003 and 2006 occurred while the national economy was improving. Higher numbers of participants were associated with higher State unemployment rates and lower State labor force participation rates and minimum wages. The intro. of FSP policies designed to expand eligibility and ease reporting also increased the number of participants. In addition, program outreach efforts were assoc. with higher caseloads in times of low unemploy. Illus.
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