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

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Parke E. Wilde

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

Christine K. Ranney

Cornell University

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Date Written: February 2000

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.

Keywords: food intake, food stamps, switching regression, D120, I380

Suggested Citation

Wilde, Parke E. and Ranney, Christine K., The Monthly Food Stamp Cycle: Shopping Frequency and Food Intake Decisions in an Endogenous Switching Regression Framework (February 2000). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 82, Issue 1, pp. 200-213, 2000, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3557434 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/0002-9092.00016

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