SNAP Take-Up and Transaction Costs: An Analysis Using the Food Security Survey

32 Pages Posted: 8 Jan 2019 Last revised: 20 Jul 2020

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Jon Murphy

George Mason University - Department of Economics

Date Written: June 26, 2020

Abstract

This paper exploits panel data from the Food Security Survey to examine varying transaction costs on SNAP benefit take-up by tracking individuals eligible for SNAP benefits. Using a logistic regression model, I find SNAP-eligible households living in states with relatively low transaction costs are more likely to take up SNAP benefits than similar households in high transaction cost states.

Keywords: Transaction Costs, Welfare Economics, Food Stamps, Poverty

JEL Classification: D12, D61, H42, H75, I38, K32

Suggested Citation

Murphy, Jonathan, SNAP Take-Up and Transaction Costs: An Analysis Using the Food Security Survey (June 26, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3305961 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3305961

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