Annual and Monthly SNAP Participation Rates

Economic Research Report No. (ERR-192) 48 pp, August 2015

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by Mark Prell, Constance Newman, and Erik Scherpf

A key aspect of SNAP is the extent to which it reaches its target population-the rate of participation among people who are eligible for SNAP benefits. This report estimates an annual SNAP participation rate, which counts the number of people who participated at some time during the year as a share of people who were eligible at some time during the year.

Keywords: SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, participation rate, program performance, length-biased sampling, targeting, SNAP administrative data, underreporting, poverty

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