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Financial Scarcity and Health: Evidence from the Food Stamp Program

This project studies the effect of poor financial circumstances on health based on a sample of food stamp recipients whose financial resources vary over the monthly food stamp payment cycle. My identification strategy exploits the random interview day assignment in the American Time Use Survey and variation in food stamp issuance periods across states. I find that the financial scarcity food stamp recipients experience at the end of their monthly payment cycle has a significant and sizable negative short-run effect on their self-assessed physical health.

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Helmut Farbmacher