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How Are SNAP Benefits Spent? Evidence from a Retail Panel

Justine S. Hastings, Jesse M. Shapiro

NBER Working Paper No. 23112
Issued in January 2017, Revised in June 2017

---- Acknowledgements ----

This work has been supported (in part) by awards from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Policies for Action program, and the Russell Sage Foundation. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s) alone and should not be construed as representing the opinions of these Foundations. We also appreciate support from the Population Studies and Training Center at Brown University. This project benefited from the suggestions of Ken Chay, Raj Chetty, David Cutler, Amy Finkelstein, Xavier Gabaix, Peter Ganong, Ed Glaeser, Nathan Hendren, Hilary Hoynes, Larry Katz, David Laibson, Kevin Murphy, Mandy Pallais, Devin Pope, Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, and Andrei Shleifer, from audience comments at Brown University, Clark University, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, UC Berkeley, Stanford University, Princeton University, and the Quantitative Marketing and Economics Conference, and from comments by discussant J.P. Dubé. We thank our dedicated research assistants for their contributions. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

---- Disclosure of Financial Relationships for Jesse M. Shapiro ----

I have been a paid visitor at Microsoft Research.

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