RIIPL Posts New Research


January 29, 2017


A new study by Justine Hastings and Jesse Shapiro of Brown  University and the Rhode Island Innovative Policy Lab (RIIPL) finds that (1) every $100 in SNAP benefits leads to between $50 and $60 extra dollars of food spending each month; (2) an equivalent amount of cash benefits would lead to much smaller increases in food spending; (3) receipt of SNAP benefits makes households less likely to buy store brands or redeem discount coupons on SNAP-eligible food products; and (4) SNAP has a larger effect on food spending than traditional economic models would predict.

Read the policy brief HERE.

Read the Research Paper HERE.

Online Appendix HERE.