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Food and Nutrition Assistance Research Database

Project: Conference on Income Volatility and Implications for Food Assistance
Award Year: 2001
Amount of award, fiscal 2001: $123,600.00
Institution: Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Status: Completed
Detailed Objective: This project sponsors a conference on issues related to income volatility in determining movement in and out of food assistance program eligibility, compliance with eligibility criteria over time, and various costs associated with eligibility criteria.

A goal of means testing is to maximize the coverage of benefits to eligible recipients while minimizing the leakage of benefits to those not in the targeted group. As eligibility requirements become more precisely defined or strictly enforced, leakage is reduced but administrative costs and participant burden increase. The focus of the conference is on how income volatility affects these tradeoffs for domestic food assistance programs. Specifically, we are interested in research on income volatility and the movement in and out of program eligibility, the decision to participate, compliance over time, and program costs. For example, what are the behavioral implications of income volatility for the level, frequency, and duration of transfer-program participation? How important is income volatility in determining program eligibility? What is the impact of fluctuating income on administrative and transaction costs of income-tested transfer programs? While emphasis will be placed on food assistance programs such as WIC, the Food Stamp and the National School Lunch Programs, papers dealing with other income transfer programs, domestic or international, are of potential interest, as are papers dealing with multiple-program interactions or methodological issues related to income measurement.

Topic: Conferences and Workshops, Income Volatility
Output:
Bitler, M., J. Currie, and J. Scholz. "WIC Eligibility and Participation (Income Volatility and the Implications for Food Assistance Programs: A Conference of IRP and the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture)," Focus, Vol. 22, No. 2, Summer 2002, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Institute for Research on Poverty, May 2002.
Bitler, M., J. Currie, and J. Scholz. "WIC Eligibility and Participation," The Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 38, Supplement, Special Issue on Income Volatility and the Implications for Food Assistance Programs, November 2003.
Blundell, R., and L. Pistaferri. "Income Volatility and Household Consumption," The Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 38, Supplement, Special Issue on Income Volatility and the Implications for Food Assistance Programs, November 2003.
Blundell, R., and L. Pistaferri. "Income Volatility and Household Consumption: The Impact of Food Assistance Programs (Income Volatility and the Implications for Food Assistance Programs: A Conference of IRP and the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture)," in Income Volatility and the Implications for Food Assistance Programs: A Conference of IRP and the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Focus, Vol. 22, No. 2, Summer 2002, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Institute for Research on Poverty, May 2002.
Gundersen, C., and J. Ziliak. "The Role of Food Stamps in Consumption Stabilization," The Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 38, Supplement, Special Issue on Income Volatility and the Implications for Food Assistance Programs, November 2003.
Gundersen, C., and J. Ziliak. "The Role of Food Stamps in Stabilizing Income and Consumption (Income Volatility and the Implications for Food Assistance Programs: A Conference of IRP and the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture)," Focus, Vol. 22, No. 2, Summer 2002, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Institute for Research on Poverty, May 2002.
Haider, S., A. Jacknowitz, and R. Schoeni. "Food Stamps and the Elderly," The Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 38, Supplement, Special Issue on Income Volatility and the Implications for Food Assistance Programs, November 2003.
Haider, S., R. Schoeni, and A. Jacknowitz. "Food Stamps and the Elderly: Why is Participation so Low? (Income Volatility and the Implications for Food Assistance Programs: A Conference of IRP and the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture)" Focus, Vol. 22, No. 2, Summer 2002, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Institute for Research on Poverty, May 2002.
Kabbani, N., and P. Wilde. "Short Recertification Periods in the U.S. Food Stamp Program," The Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 38, Supplement, Special Issue on Income Volatility and the Implications for Food Assistance Programs, November 2003.
Kabbani, N., and P. Wilde. "Short Recertification Periods in the U.S. Food Stamp Program: Causes and Consequences (Income Volatility and the Implications for Food Assistance Programs: A Conference of IRP and the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture)," Focus, Vol. 22, No. 2, Summer 2002, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Institute for Research on Poverty, May 2002.
Meyer, B., and J. Sullivan. "Measuring the Well-Being of the Poor Using Income and Consumption (Income Volatility and the Implications for Food Assistance Programs: A Conference of IRP and the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture)," Focus, Vol. 22, No. 2, Summer 2002, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Institute for Research on Poverty, May 2002.
Meyer, B., and J. Sullivan. "Measuring the Well-Being of the Poor Using Income and Consumption," The Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 38, Supplement, Special Issue on Income Volatility and the Implications for Food Assistance Programs, November 2003.
Moffitt, R. "The Role of Nonfinancial Factors in Exit and Entry in the TANF Program," The Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 38, Supplement, Special Issue on Income Volatility and the Implications for Food Assistance Programs, November 2003.
Moffitt, R., and K. Winder. "The Correlates and Consequences of Welfare Exit and Entry: Evidence from the Three-City Study (Income Volatility and the Implications for Food Assistance Programs: A Conference of IRP and the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture)," Focus, Vol. 22, No. 2, Summer 2002, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Institute for Research on Poverty, May 2002.
Scholz, J., and J. Ziliack, eds. "Special Issue on Income Volatility and Implications for Food Assistance Programs," The Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 38, Supplement, November 2003.
Scholz, J., and J. Ziliack. "Introduction to the JHR's Special Issue on Income Volatility and Implications for Food Assistance Programs," The Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 38, Supplement, Special Issue on Income Volatility and the Implications for Food Assistance Programs, November 2003.
Smallwood, D., M. Prell, and M. Andrews. "Income Volatility and the Implications for Food Assistance Programs (Income Volatility and the Implications for Food Assistance Programs: A Conference of IRP and the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture)," Focus, Vol. 22, No. 2, Summer 2002, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Institute for Research on Poverty, May 2002.
Yelowitz, A. "Gateways into the Food Stamp Program (Income Volatility and the Implications for Food Assistance Programs: A Conference of IRP and the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture)," Focus, Vol. 22, No. 2, Summer 2002, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Institute for Research on Poverty, May 2002.

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