2014 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
  • Speaker, ERS/FED, TBD

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:        Health, Economic Instability and Participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

  • Jinhee Kim, University of Maryland
  • Swam Chatterjee, University of Georgia
  • Yunhee Chang, University of Mississippi

9:30 – 10:00:     New Versus Return Participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program During the Great Recession

  • Lloyd D. Grieger, Yale University

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:   Economic Policy Simulation: Incentivizing Healthy Eating through Changes in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Policies

  • Sanjay Basu, Stanford University

10:50 – 11:20:   The Dynamics of Multiple Program Use and Food Security

  • Christopher Swann, University of North Carolina–Greensboro

11:20 – 11:50:   The Summer Food Service Program and Food Insecurity in Low-Income Households with Children: Evidence from California

  • Daniel Miller, Boston University

11:50 – 1:15:    Lunch on your own

Afternoon session

1:15 – 1:45:     The National School Lunch Program: Seasonal Difference in Program Participation and Its Impacts on Food Insufficiency and Food Insecurity

  • Jin Huang, Saint Louis University

1:45 – 2:15:     A Behavioral Economics Experiment on the Effect of Incentives on Food Choice in the National School Lunch Program

  • Anya Samak, University of Wisconsin–Madison

2:15 – 2:45:     Rural Versus Urban Texas WIC Children Food Choices and Intakes Before and After Changes in the Food Benefits

  • Ariun Ishdorj, Texas A&M University 

2:45 – 3:00:     Session break

3:00 – 3:30:     Food Prices, Time Values, and Time Spent on Food Shopping and Meal Preparation: Rural Urban Disparities

  • Ning Zhang, University of Massachusetts

3:30 - 4:00:      The Effects of Group Prenatal Care on Food Insecurity

  • Emily Heberlein, University of South Carolina

4:00 – 4:30:      Access to Short-term Credit and Consumption Smoothing Within the Pay Cycle

  • Mary Zaki, Northwestern University

4:30 – 4:45:      Closing remarks and adjournment 

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