Employed in a SNAP? The Impact of Work Requirements on Program Participation and Labor Supply
- American Economic Journal: Economic Policy (Forthcoming)
Work requirements are common in U.S. safety net programs.
Evidence remains limited, however, on the extent to which
work requirements increase economic self-sufficiency or screen
out vulnerable individuals. Using linked administrative data on
food stamps (SNAP) and earnings with a regression discontinuity
design, we find robust evidence that work requirements increase
program exits by 23 percentage points (64 percent) among
incumbent participants. Overall program participation among
adults who are subject to work requirements is reduced by 53
percent. Homeless adults are disproportionately screened out. We
find no effects on employment, and suggestive evidence of increased
earnings in some specifications.
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