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Stimulus Act of 2009 and Its Effect on Food-at-Home Spending by SNAP Participants
Stimulus Act of 2009 and Its Effect on Food-at-Home Spending by SNAP Participants

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By Charlotte Tuttle (au)
Year: 2016
Pages: 38
Binding Paperback
ISBN 978-1-4578-6345-5

Product Code: 1457863456

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, commonly known as the Stimulus Act, increased maximum benefits for households that participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the Food Stamp Program). In this analysis, SNAP households increased the food share of total expenditures by 1.44 percentage pooints after the increase in benefits and spent 53 cents of each additional dollar of SNAP benefits on food. SNAP benefits provided a larger boost to food-expenditure share than an equal amount of cash. This report provides estimates of the marginal propensity to spend out of SNAP for vulnerable populations, including households at the lowest income level (under $15,000 annually), single-parent households, households with a member over age 65, and households with an unemployed member. Tables. This is a print on demand report.

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