The Monthly Food Stamp Cycle: Shopping Frequency and Food Intake Decisions in an Endogenous Switching Regression Framework

Posted: 10 Oct 2000

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Parke E. Wilde

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

Christine K. Ranney

Cornell University - School of Applied Economics and Management

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Abstract

Mean food spending by food stamp households peaks sharply in the first three days after benefits are received. For those who conduct major grocery shopping trips only once per month (42% of all food stamp households), mean food energy intake drops significantly by the fourth week of the month. For the remaining households, intake remains steady over the course of the month. These patterns motivate an empirical model that simultaneously accounts for the shopping frequency and food intake decisions over time. Results have implications for policies that may affect the frequency of grocery shopping by food stamp households.

JEL Classification: I38, J10

Suggested Citation

Wilde, Parke E. and Ranney, Christine, The Monthly Food Stamp Cycle: Shopping Frequency and Food Intake Decisions in an Endogenous Switching Regression Framework. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=231515

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