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By Judith Bartfeld, Craig Gundersen, Timothy Smeeding, James P. Ziliak

In 1963, President Kennedy proposed making everlasting a small pilot venture known as the nutrients Stamp software (FSP). by means of 2013, the program's 50th yr, a couple of in seven american citizens obtained merits at a price of approximately $80 billion. Renamed the Supplemental nutrients tips application (SNAP) in 2008, it at the moment faces sharp political strain, however the social technology examine essential to consultant coverage remains to be nascent.

In SNAP Matters, Judith Bartfeld, Craig Gundersen, Timothy M. Smeeding, and James P. Ziliak assemble best students to start asking and answering the questions that subject. for instance, what are the antipoverty results of SNAP? Does SNAP reason weight problems? Or does it increase food and future health extra widely? To what quantity does SNAP paintings in tandem with different courses, comparable to college breakfast and lunch? total, the quantity concludes that SNAP is extremely conscious of macroeconomic pressures and is without doubt one of the premiere antipoverty courses within the protection web, however the quantity additionally encourages policymakers, scholars, and researchers to proceed interpreting this significant pillar of social suggestions in America.

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The program is unique in its status as something akin to a universal entitlement; that is, subject to meeting low-income and asset tests, the program does not impose restrictions on eligibility based on age (Social Security), family structure (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF), or work history (Disability Insurance and Unemployment Insurance). Today, one in seven Americans receives assistance from SNAP at a cost approaching $80 billion in FY2013, making it the second largest means-tested transfer in terms of cost after Medicaid.

Conditional on the number of related children 36 Why Are So Many Americans on Food Stamps? in the household, participation declines in household size. Participation is also about 4 points lower in households that do not contain multiple generations. 3 I attempt to summarize the relative influence of the economy, policy, and demographics through a series of counterfactual simulations. 2 to examine how much of the increase in SNAP from 2007 to 2011, 2000 to 2011, and 1980 to 2011 can be attributed to economic forces, changes in nonfood policies, changes in food policies, and changes in household demographics if each of the four groupings was held fixed group-bygroup at the values at the start of the simulation period.

As of 2011, f­orty-nine 24 Why Are So Many Americans on Food Stamps? states used simplified reporting, and forty-five states exempted all vehicle assets from resources in determining eligibility for SNAP. At the same time, states pulled back from imposing short recertification windows of one to three months and restored SNAP eligibility to more noncitizens, especially children. S. population over the past several decades that could differentially affect the size and composition of the SNAP caseload.

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