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Food and Nutrition Assistance Research Database

Project: Conference on Income Volatility and Implications for Food Assistance Programs-II
Award Year: 2005
Amount of award, fiscal 2005: $152,044.00
Institution: National Poverty Center, University of Michigan
Status: Ongoing
Detailed Objective: 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. For programs requiring a lot of documentation, some eligible recipients may decide that the costs associated with receiving benefits are too high and may decide not to participate. Such tradeoffs are present in all means-tested transfer programs.

The focus of the conference is on income volatility and how it affects these tradeoffs for domestic food assistance programs, primarily the Food Stamp Program, National School Lunch Program, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Papers dealing with other income transfer programs are also of potential interest, as are papers dealing with multiple-program interactions or methodological issues related to income and volatility measurement.

Topic: Conferences and Workshops, Income Volatility
Output:
Broadway, R., K. Cuff, and N.Marceau. “Design of Assistance Programs to Address Real Income Volatility,” Income Volatility and Food Assistance in the United States, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 2008.
Cadena, B., S. Danziger, and K. Seefeldt. “The Dynamics of Food Stamp Receipt after Welfare Reform among Current and Former Welfare Recipients,” Income Volatility and Food Assistance in the United States, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 2008.
Gundersen, C. , and J. Ziliak. “The Age Gradient in Food Stamp Program Participation: Does Income Volatility Matter?,” Income Volatility and Food Assistance in the United States, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 2008.
Jolliffe, D., and J. Ziliak. “Introduction,” Income Volatility and Food Assistance in the United States, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 2008.
Keys, B. “Trends in Income and Consumption Volatility, 1970 and 2000,” Income Volatility and Food Assistance in the United States, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 2008.
Moffitt, R., and D. Ribar. “Variable Effects of Earnings Volatility on Food Stamp Participation,” Income Volatility and Food Assistance in the United States, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 2008.
Newman, C. “Income Volatility and Implications for Serving Children and the Elderly,” Income Volatility and Food Assistance in the United States, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 2008.
Prell, M. “Income Volatility and Certification Duration for WIC Children,” Income Volatility and Food Assistance in the United States, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 2008.
Ribar, D., and M. Edelhoch. “Earnings Volatility and the Reasons for Leaving the Food Stamp Program,” Income Volatility and Food Assistance in the United States, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 2008.

Last updated: Thursday, July 05, 2012

For more information contact: Victor Oliveira

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