The effect of the food stamp program on nutrient intake

J. S. Butler, Jennie E. Raymond

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Abstract

Receipt of food stamps is often observed to be positively correlated with intake of nutrients However, this observed fact could be the result of self-selection into the food stamp program by those individuals who are more interested in maintaining good nutrition. We observe that, controlling for participation in the food stamp program, nutrition is negatively affected by food stamp income for a sample of elderly people. However, we find that the levels of nutrients do not decrease enough to cause individuals to fall below the Recommended Dietary Allowance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)781-798
Number of pages18
JournalEconomic Inquiry
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (all)
  • Economics and Econometrics

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