Matthew Rabbitt

Matthew P. Rabbitt



Matthew P. Rabbitt is an economist with the Food Assistance Branch in the Food Economics Division. His research focuses on food security measurement methodology, food and nutrition assistance programs, and applied econometrics.

Matthew's current projects include examining technical enhancements for measuring food security, analyzing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation and food security, and measuring food security among subpopulations in the United States, such as Hispanics and veterans.


Matthew joined the Economic Research Service in 2014. Previously, he was a graduate student, instructor, and research assistant at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Greensboro. While at UNC, Matthew's research focused on domestic food security and the well-being of low-income households. This work included the development of a new behavioral Rasch selection model to examine the causal effect of SNAP participation on food security, and the effect of underage drinking on college graduates' occupational choices.


Matthew holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a B.A. in Economics from Webster University.

Professional Affiliations

Matthew is a member of the American Economic Association and the Southern Economic Association.

Selected Publications

Gregory, C., M. Rabbitt, and D. Ribar. 2015. "The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Food Insecurity," SNAP Matters: How Food Stamps Affect Health and Well-Being, J. Zilliak, J. Bartfield, T. Smeeding, and C. Gundersen, eds. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.