The Earned Income Tax Credit and Food Consumption Patterns
38 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2013
Date Written: November 20, 2013
The Earned Income Tax Credit is unique among social programs in that benefits are not paid out evenly across the calendar year. We exploit this feature of the EITC to investigate how the credit influences the food expenditure patterns of eligible households. We find that eligible households spend relatively more on healthy items including fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and poultry, and dairy products during the months when most refunds are paid.
Keywords: Earned Income Tax Credit, obesity, food expenditures, healthy eating
JEL Classification: H3, I38, Q18
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