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STICERD Psychology and Economics Seminar

The Effect of SNAP on the Composition of Purchased Foods

Jesse Shapiro (Brown University), joint with Justine Hastings Ryan Kessler

Tuesday 28 May 2019 15:30 - 17:00

This event will take place online.

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About this event

We use detailed data from a large retail panel to study the effect of participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) on the composition and nutrient content of foods purchased for at-home consumption. We find that the effect of SNAP participation is small relative to the cross-sectional variation in most of the outcomes we consider. Estimates from a model relating the composition of a household’s food purchases to the household’s current level of food spending imply that closing the gap in food spending between high-and low-SES households would not close the gap in summary measures of food healthfulness.

STICERD Psychology and Economics seminars are held on Tuesdays in term time at 15:30-17:00, ONLINE, unless specified otherwise.

Seminar organisers: Dr Matthew Levy and Professor Nava Ashraf

For further information please contact Lubala Chibwe, either by email: l.chibwe@lse.ac.uk.

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This event will take place online.