2015 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, TBD

Morning session

8:55 – 9:00:       Comments from the RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies at the Center for Regional Development

  • Lionel J. “Bo” Beaulieu, Director, Purdue University

9:00 - 9:30:        The Longitudinal Impact of SNAP Enrollment and Spending on Community Health and Well-Being in Rural and Urban Georgia During the Great Recession

  • Sarah Shannon, University of Georgia
  • Jerry Shannon, University of Georgia
  • Jung Sun Lee, University of Georgia
  • Bagwell Adams, University of Georgia

9:30 – 10:00:     Unpacking “Rurality”: Evaluating the Impact of Rural Community Characteristics and the Built Environment on SNAP Participation

  • Michele Walsh, University of Arizona
  • John Daws, University of Arizona
  • Kara Haberstock Tanoue, University of Arizona

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

  • Judi Bartfeld, Director, University of Wisconsin-Madison

10:20 – 10:50:   The Impact of Food Stamps and Cash Welfare on Age at Onset of Adverse Health Conditions: A Latent Variable Approach to Control for Family Background

  • John Fitzgerald, Bowdoin College
  • Rachel Connelly, Bowdoin College

10:50 – 11:20:   Patterns of Food Assistance Program Participation Across Early Childhood and Associations with Child Food Insecurity and Kindergarten Well-Being

  • Anna Johnson, Georgetown University

11:20 – 11:50:   The Dynamics of Food and Housing Assistance Programs Before and After the Great Recession

  • Melissa Wilmarth, University of Alabama
  • Martin Seay, Kansas State University
  • Robert Nielsen, University of Georgia

11:50 – 1:15:    Lunch on your own

Afternoon session

1:15 – 1:45:     The Effects of the WIC Food Package Revisions on the Healthfulness of Food Purchases Among WIC Households: Analysis of Grocery Store Scanner Data

  • Tatiana Andreyeva, University of Connecticut

1:45 – 2:15:     Changes in School Meal Participation: Examination of Rural Disparities

  • Lindsey Turner, Boise State University
  • Carl Siebert, Boise State University

2:15 – 2:45:     Altered Daily Activities and Shame Resulting from Children Experiencing Food Insecurity in Rural South Carolina and Oregon

  • Edward Frongillo, University of South Carolina
  • Tiara Rosemond, University of South Carolina
  • Christine Blake, University of South Carolina
  • Jennifer Bernal, Universidad Simón Bolívar
  • Elizabeth Adams, Oregon Health and Science University
  • Elizabeth Massey, Oregon Health and Science University

2:45 – 3:00:     Session break

3:00 – 3:30:     The Food Environment and Health: The Role Farmers’ Markets Can Play

  • Anne Roubal, University of Arizona–Tucson

3:30 - 4:00:      The Effect of Food Stamps on Children's Health: Evidence from Immigrants' Changing Eligibility

  • Chloe East, University of California–Davis

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

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