SNAP Participation and Labor Supply Decisions: Evidence from Exogenous Changes in Transaction Costs to Program Participation

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Early Career Research Award


In addition to understanding benefit receipt, researchers and policy makers often seek to know the effects of program participation on incomes and work decisions (e.g. employment or working hours) as well as other outcomes. This proposal will exploit exogenous variation in SNAP participation using quasi-experimental variation in program rules in New York State to build evidence on the labor supply effects of SNAP. I will use survey data linked to SNAP administrative records, overcoming issues of misreporting of program participation in surveys that have recently been documented.