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A Critical Examination of the Food Stamp Program
A discussion of the food stamp program and an analysis of cash versus in-kind transfers.
# 103040 | 2,185 words | 5 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Apr 11, 2008 in Sociology (Welfare) , Public Administration (General)

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This paper takes a look at the food stamp program, one of the largest welfare programs in many developed (and increasingly developing countries). The paper points out that it is a rather expansive program, which has many proposed economic benefits for the society. Using the tools of consumer theory, the food stamp program is examined in relation to a cash incentive program. The paper then examines whether cash transfers, as opposed to food stamps, lead to consumers being on a higher or similar utility curve or preference set . The paper relates that this analysis is not only applicable to the food stamp program in the United States but can be applied to the plethora of real world programs adopting in-kind transfers. In conclusion, the paper maintains that cash transfers can provide an outcome that is clearly superior to in-kind transfers.

Modeling the Superiority of Cash Payments to In-Kind Transfers
Consumer Theory
Why are Governments Engaging In a Less Efficient Outcome: Should the Government Be Issuing Cash?
Understanding the Dominance of In-Kind Transfers: A Case Study of Fiscal Year 2008 United States Federal Budget
Appendix (includes graphs)

From the Paper:

"Transfers like the food stamp shift the budget set upward, however, the food stamps place a kink in the budget set, since there is a threshold over which consumers cannot go. This is because food stamps can only buy certain classes of goods, and all other goods will not necessarily increase. On the other hand, cash transfers, will lead to a complete shift of the budget set, rather than, a kinked upward shift; so the budget constraint goes beyond I/PA in Figure 1. Clearly, with cash transfers, the consumer will always be on an indifferent curve that is higher or the same level as the in-kind transfers which is food stamps in this example; which implies that cash transfers are preferred to in-kind transfer when compared to the food stamp program."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Hobbs, J. (2004). Food Stamps: Results are More Important than Intentions. American Institute for Full Employment. Spring. Retrieved on April 4, 2007 from http://www.fullemployment.org/STEPS%20SPRING%20O4.pdf
  • Hausman, D. and McPherson, M. (1997). Beware of Economists Bearing Advice. Policy Options (18), 7, September, 16-19.
  • Lecture 7 (2003). In-kind Transfers, Food Stamps, and the Whitmore Study. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Course Offering. Retrieved on April 4, 2007 from http://dspace.mit.edu/html/1721.1/36389/14-03Fall-2000/NR/rdonlyres/Economics/14-03Intermediate-Applied-MicroeconomicsFall2000/95A96CBD-5D7C-40FA-8526-1DB95C1FFE83/0/lec7.pdf
  • New York City Coalition Against Hunger (n.d.). Ten Myths About Food Stamps. New York City Coalition Against Hunger. Retrieved on April 4, 2007 from http://www.nyccah.org/resources/Top_10_Myths.doc
  • Varian, H. (1992). Microeconomic Analysis. New York: W.W. Norton and Company.

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