Eat (and Drink) Better Tonight: Food Stamp Benefit Timing and Drunk Driving Fatalities
31 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2015 Last revised: 28 Apr 2015
Date Written: April 3, 2015
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
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