Food stamp program participation and food insecurity: An instrumental variables approach

Steven T. Yen, Margaret Andrews, Zhuo Chen, David B. Eastwood

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The relationship between Food Stamp Program (FSP) participation and household food insecurity (FI) is investigated using data from the 1996-1997 National Food Stamp Program Survey. Endogeneity of FSP participation is accommodated with an instrumental variables approach. In contrast to other findings reported in the literature, results suggest participation in the FSP reduces the severity of FI. Sociodemographic variables play important roles in FSP participation and FI. Underreporting of FSP participation and limited observations of food-insecure households in previous studies may have also been factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-132
Number of pages16
JournalAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Censored dependent variable
  • Food insecurity
  • Food stamp program
  • Instrumental variables
  • National Food Stamp Program Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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