Food Stamp Program Participation and Food Insecurity: An Instrumental Variables Approach

Posted: 29 Jan 2008

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Steven T. Yen

University of Tennessee - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Margaret Andrews

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS)

Zhuo Adam Chen

University of Georgia; University of Nottingham, Ningbo; University of Chicago

David Eastwood

University of Tennessee, Knoxville - College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources - Department of Agricultural Economics

Abstract

The relationship between Food Stamp Program (FSP) participation and household food insecurity (FI) is investigated using data from the 1996-1997 National Food Stamp Program Survey. Endogeneity of FSP participation is accommodated with an instrumental variables approach. In contrast to other findings reported in the literature, results suggest participation in the FSP reduces the severity of FI. Sociodemographic variables play important roles in FSP participation and FI. Underreporting of FSP participation and limited observations of food-insecure households in previous studies may have also been factors.

Suggested Citation

Yen, Steven T. and Andrews, Margaret and Chen, Zhuo and Eastwood, David, Food Stamp Program Participation and Food Insecurity: An Instrumental Variables Approach. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 90, No. 1, pp. 117-132, February 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1087624 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8276.2007.01045.x

Steven T. Yen (Contact Author)

University of Tennessee - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics ( email )

Knoxville, TN 37996-4518
United States

Margaret Andrews

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS) ( email )

355 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024-3221
United States
202-694-5441 (Phone)

Zhuo Chen

University of Georgia ( email )

Athens, GA 30602-6254
United States
7065429146 (Phone)

University of Nottingham, Ningbo ( email )

199 Taikang East Road
Ningbo, Zhejiang 315100

University of Chicago ( email )

1101 East 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
United States

David Eastwood

University of Tennessee, Knoxville - College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources - Department of Agricultural Economics ( email )

Knoxville, TN 37901-107
United States

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