Do Food Stamps Contribute to Obesity in Low‐Income Women? Evidence from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979

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Maoyong Fan

Ball State University - Department of Economics

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Date Written: July 2010

Abstract

This article estimates the effects of food stamp benefits on obesity, overweight and body mass index of low‐income women. My analysis differs from previous research in three aspects. First, we exploit a rich longitudinal dataset, the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979, to distinguish between full‐time and part‐time participation. Second, instead of making parametric assumptions on outcomes, we employ a variety of difference‐in‐difference matching estimators to control for selection bias. Third, we estimate both short‐term (one‐year participation) and long‐term (three‐year participation) treatment effects. We find little evidence that food stamps are responsible for obesity in female participants.

Keywords: Body Mass Index, Food Stamp Program, Propensity Score Matching, Obesity

Suggested Citation

Fan, Maoyong, Do Food Stamps Contribute to Obesity in Low‐Income Women? Evidence from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 (July 2010). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 92, Issue 4, pp. 1165-1180, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3569934 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajae/aaq047

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