Economic Research Report No. (ERR-296) 66 pp
Impact of USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) on Rural and Urban Economies in the Aftermath of the Great Recession
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) serves as a safety net for low-income households and an automatic stabilizer during economic downturns. This report addresses the question: during the aftermath of the Great Recession, 2009-14, what were the impacts of the increase in SNAP benefits on employment, output, and household incomes for the rural economy compared to the urban economy?
Keywords: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Great Recession, social accounting matrix (SAM) multiplier, food-at-home expenditures, rural economy, rural and urban demand spillovers, rural and urban employment impacts
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