2013 Research Innovation and Development Grants in Economics (RIDGE) Conference

8:15 – 8:45: Registration and refreshments

8:45 – 8:55: Opening remarks

  • Alex Majchrowicz, Director, RIDGE Program, ERS
  • Mary Bohman, Administrator, ERS

Morning session

8:55 – 9:00: Comments from the RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies at the Southern Rural Development Center, Mississippi State University, in cooperation with Purdue University

  • Lionel J. “Bo” Beaulieu, Director

9:00 - 9:30: Child Experiences of Food Insecurity in Relation to Child Diet and Physical Activity

  • Maryah Fram and Edward Frongilo, Jr., University of South Carolina
  • Lorrene Ritchie, University of California, Berkeley

9:30 – 10:00: Participation in the National School Lunch Program and Food Security: An Analysis of Transitions into Kindergarten

  • Colleen Heflin, University of Missouri
  • Irma Arteaga, University of Missouri

10:00 – 10:15: Session break

10:15 – 10:20: Comments from the RIDGE Center for National Food and Nutrition Research at the Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Judi Bartfeld, Director

10:20 – 10:50: The Dynamics of Joint Participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Unemployment Insurance by Low-Educated Workers during the Great Recession

  • H. Luke Shaefer, University of Michigan
  • Alix Gould-Werth, University of Michigan

10:50 – 11:20: The Effects of SNAP after the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

  • Timothy Beatty, University of Minnesota
  • Elton Mykerezi, University of Minnesota

11:20 – 11:50: Impact of the 2009 ARRA Increase in SNAP Benefits on Dietary Intake and Consumption Patterns

  • Partha Deb, Hunter College
  • Geetha Waehrer, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation

11:50 – 1:15: Lunch on your own

Afternoon session

1:15 – 1:20: Are WIC and School Meal Programs Effectively Reaching Those in Need? Trends in Children's Early and Continuous Use of Federal Nutritional Policy

  • Margot Jackson, Brown University

    (Note: Margot Jackson is unable to participate. A synopsis of the project and a web link to the presentation will be provided.)

1:20 – 1:50: Food Assistance During and After the Great Recession in Metropolitan Detroit

  • Scott Allard, University of Chicago
  • Sandra Danziger, University of Michigan

1:50 – 2:15: The Experience of Food Insecurity and Nutrition Assistance in Rural Alaska

  • Tracey Burke, University of Alaska – Anchorage
  • Cara Durr, Food Bank of Alaska and Alaska Food Coalition

2:15 – 2:45: How Does Short-Term Household Income Volatility Affect Food Assistance Recipiency?

  • Neil Bania, Washington State Institute of Public Policy
  • Laura Leete, University of Oregon

2:45 – 3:00: Session break

3:00 - 3:30: Is There A Persistent Rural-Urban Divide? Spatial Inequities in Access to Food Assistance Programs in Indiana

  • Julia F. Waity, University of North Carolina - Wilmington

3:30 – 4:00: Hunger in Context: How the Social Context of Meals, Children's Diet, and Parental Experiences with Racism Relate to Household Food Insecurity

  • Michael Burke, University of South Carolina
  • Sonya Jones, Supervising Professor, University of South Carolina

4:00 – 4:15: Closing remarks and adjournment

  • David Smallwood, Branch Chief, Food Assistance Branch, ERS