Has the food stamp program become more accessible? Impacts of recent changes in reporting requirements and asset eligibility limits

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Abstract

This paper uses data from the 1996 and 2001 panels of the Survey of Income and Program Participation to assess the impact of recent policy initiatives intended to increase access to Food Stamps. It finds that reductions in state certification requirements increased Food Stamp participation rates of income-eligible families with children by one to two percentage points from 2001 to 2003, a change that is comparable to the impact of changes in economic conditions over this period. It did not find consistent evidence of an impact of relaxing vehicle asset limits, or of offering continuous eligibility through the Semi-Annual/Simplified Reporting option.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)603-621
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Policy Analysis and Management
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2006

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