Do Targeted Vouchers Instill Habits? Evidence from Women, Infants, and Children

14 Pages Posted: 6 May 2020

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David E. Frisvold

University of Iowa - Henry B. Tippie College of Business - Department of Economics

Emily Leslie

Brigham Young University

Joseph Price

Brigham Young University

Date Written: January 2020

Abstract

We examine whether programs that provide vouchers to households continue to influence behavior after the household leaves the program. Using detailed scanner data, we test whether benefit vouchers received through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) change household purchasing decisions and whether these changes persist even after households are no longer eligible to participate in the program. In 2009, the package of goods available through WIC vouchers changed. Examining variation due to this package change, we show that the WIC vouchers change purchasing decisions during eligibility, but that effects fade after eligibility ends.

JEL Classification: I38, I18, J13

Suggested Citation

Frisvold, David E. and Leslie, Emily and Price, Joseph, Do Targeted Vouchers Instill Habits? Evidence from Women, Infants, and Children (January 2020). Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 38, Issue 1, pp. 67-80, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3593666 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/coep.12423

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Emily Leslie

Brigham Young University

Joseph Price

Brigham Young University ( email )

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