Eat (and Drink) Better Tonight: Food Stamp Benefit Timing and Drunk Driving Fatalities

31 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2015 Last revised: 28 Apr 2015

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Chad Cotti

University of Connecticut - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

John M. Gordanier

University of South Carolina

Orgul D. Ozturk

University of South Carolina - Moore School of Business - Department of Economics

Date Written: April 3, 2015

Abstract

This paper examines the relationship between the timing of food stamp benefits and daily alcohol related fatal accidents. We exploit substantial exogenous variation in state food stamp distribution dates and enrollment numbers to estimate the relationship using binary outcome and count data frameworks. Our main result is that, in contrast to previous work on income receipt and mortality, alcohol related accidents with fatalities are substantially lower on the date of food stamp receipt and that the result is largely driven by a same-day effect. Further this effect is only present on weekdays. We find no effect of receipt on non-alcohol related accidents. We hypothesize that this is possibly driven by families being more likely to eat at home on distribution days.

Keywords: SNAP Benefits, Food Stamps, EBT, Drunk Driving

JEL Classification: I38, H75, K42

Suggested Citation

Cotti, Chad and Gordanier, John M. and Ozturk, Orgul D., Eat (and Drink) Better Tonight: Food Stamp Benefit Timing and Drunk Driving Fatalities (April 3, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2589553 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2589553

Chad Cotti

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

1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4066
Storrs, CT 06269
United States

John M. Gordanier

University of South Carolina ( email )

701 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29208
United States

Orgul D. Ozturk (Contact Author)

University of South Carolina - Moore School of Business - Department of Economics ( email )

The Francis M. Hipp Building
1705 College Street
Columbia, SC 29208
United States

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