"Effects of geographic variation in SNAP purchasing power on program participation, health outcomes, and health care utilization for elderly individuals"

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"Food insecurity presents a considerable threat to the health of elderly individuals in the US. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the largest federal program designed to combat food insecurity in the US, but low take-up rates and information deficits among elderly individuals suggest that SNAP may not be adequately counteracting material hardship for this population. I leverage plausibly exogenous geographic variation in the real value of SNAP benefits to examine the effects of variation in SNAP purchasing power on program enrollment, health outcomes, and health care utilization among the elderly. I find no statistically significant relationship between SNAP purchasing power and any of these outcomes, drawing into question the efficacy of SNAP for elderly individuals in the US. Additionally, I provide suggestive evidence that SNAP participation among the elderly is less driven by local labor market conditions than has been shown to be the case for younger samples, implying important differences in the way that SNAP affects elderly individuals compared to the general eligible population."

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