Public Finance Lessons from Past National Tax Association Dissertation Award Winners
Friday, Jan. 4, 2019 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
- Chair: Enda Hargaden, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Program Recertification Costs: Evidence from SNAP
AbstractWe document very low rates of recertification success among recipients of the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) – roughly half of cases fail to recertify in spite of maintained eligibility. We attribute many of these failures to procedural issues associated with the recertification process. Specifically, SNAP recipients – who must complete a recertification interview by the end of their recertification month – are 9 percentage points less likely to recertify if they are assigned an interview date at the end of the month rather than at the beginning, a 20 percent decrease. The results persist when conditioning on program eligibility and are larger for long-term SNAP recipients and households with children, suggesting that hassle costs associated with later interview dates worsen targeting efficiency both in terms of eligibility and need.
Do School Facilities Matter? Measuring the Effects of Capital Expenditures on Student and Neighborhood Outcomes
- H0 - General
- H2 - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue