The Effects of Transfer Programs on Childless Adults: Evidence from Food Stamps

50 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2020 Last revised: 14 Jun 2021

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Kye Lippold

Office of Tax Analysis, US Treasury

Remy Levin

University of Connecticut

Date Written: June 14, 2021

Abstract

Traditional transfer programs in the United States provide few benefits to childless adults, so little is known about the effects of these policies on able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs). We examine a novel source of variation in the SNAP (Food Stamps) program, in which unemployed ABAWDs have differential eligibility based a discontinuity in their local area's unemployment rate. We find causal evidence that removing SNAP work requirements decreases hours worked, but also reduces homelessness and property crimes. These findings help inform debates about basic income programs and related policies.

Keywords: Food Stamps, SNAP, ABAWD, ABAWD waivers

JEL Classification: H53, I38

Suggested Citation

Lippold, Kye and Levin, Remy, The Effects of Transfer Programs on Childless Adults: Evidence from Food Stamps (June 14, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3655794 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3655794

Kye Lippold (Contact Author)

Office of Tax Analysis, US Treasury ( email )

1500 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20220
United States

HOME PAGE: http://sites.google.com/view/kyelippold/

Remy Levin

University of Connecticut ( email )

Storrs, CT 06269-1063
United States

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