Experimental Economics Seminar for March 18

Events, Seminars | March 7, 2016

Join us for the next ICES Experimental Economics Seminar of the semester, featuring Tatiana Homonoff.

Prof. Tatiana Homonoff, of Cornell University, will discuss her paper (co-authored with Jacob Goldin and Katherine Meckel) Is There an Nth of the Month Effect? The Timing of SNAP Issuance, Food Expenditure, and Grocery Prices (Abstract). The talk will take place on Friday, March 18th, from 4:00 to 5:00pm, in room 5075 of the Metropolitan Building, Arlington campus.

Visit the Seminar schedule to access the paper and to learn more about upcoming speakers.


Previous research on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) suggests that participants consume more food on days immediately following benet issuance, prompt- ing retailers to raise food prices to capture a portion of the transfer. Partly in response to such findings, some have called for states to stagger benet issuance over multiple days of the month. To study the effect of staggering benefits, we link variation among states in the timing of benet issuance to a large panel of transaction-level data from households and retailers. We document large intra-month cycles in food expenditures among SNAP-eligible households that closely track state issuance policies. However, we rule out economically significant effects on retailer pricing, which suggests that staggering benefits would not meaningfully shape the incidence of SNAP benefits.

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