In 2009, Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
(ARRA). This legislation provided an increase in Supplemental Food Assistance
Program (SNAP) payouts of 15%, on average. Employing the Linear Probability,
Logit and Ordered Logit Difference-in-Difference models, I estimate the impact
of this payout increase on reported hunger. I use data from the Food Security
Supplement of the Current Population Survey. The results show that increases
in SNAP payouts have reduced the probability of being hungry at all in the
previous month. Furthermore, when estimating the impact on the frequency of
hunger, I find that those who are likely to report being hungry more often
experience larger reductions in their probability of being hungry due to increases
in SNAP payouts. These findings support the effectiveness of increased SNAP
payouts during harsh economic times and further help identify the level of
reported hunger for which increasing payouts is more significant.
Professional paper for the fulfillment of the Master of Public Policy program
Food For The Hungry: The Impact of Increased SNAP Payouts on Hunger.
Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
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