Project: Welfare and Food Assistance at the State Level: Methods and Iowa Estimates
Award Year: 1998
Amount of award, fiscal 1998: $233,170.00
Institution: Iowa State University
Principal Investigator: Helen Jensen
Status: Completed
Detailed Objective: This work is designed to better understand economic and programmatic forces affecting low-income households in Iowa under the new welfare policy, and to assess the impact of Iowa's system of welfare programs on Federal food assistance programs in the State. Three specific goals are:
  • develop a framework for evaluating multi-regional, multi-jurisdictional, and programmatic linkages with special attention to food and income security programs;
  • evaluate programmatic linkages, Food Stamp Program and other welfare program participation, and labor force behavior; and
  • update the modeling framework to project the impact of various economic shocks.

The work will be carried out using econometric analysis and a Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model. Data sources will include Iowa administrative data, which will be supplemented with the use of various national survey data sources. Completed or on-going steps include: (1) merging of various administrative Iowa State administrative data sets and national data sets; (2) preliminary analysis of the administrative data sets; (3) literature review; (4) revision of research objectives based on available data; (5) development of fiscal Social Accounting Matrix (SAM) for Iowa; and (6) development of CGE model for the Midwest region. A cooperative research agreement was awarded to Iowa State University for $233,170 in September 1998. The expected date of completion is January 2001.

Topic: Data Collection and Methodology, Rural Issues, Welfare Reform
Kang, G., S. Huffman, and H. Jensen. "An Empirical Analysis of Joint Decisions on Labour Supply and Welfare Participation," Applied Economics Letters, Vol. 11, No. 14, November 2004.
Keng, S., S. Garasky, and H. Jensen. "Innovation at the State Level: Initial Effects of Welfare Reform in Iowa," Journal of Applied Social Sciences, Vol. 24, No. 2, Spring/Summer 2000.
Keng, S., S. Garasky, and H. Jensen. "Welfare Dependence and Recidivism in an Era of Welfare Reform," Applied Economics, Vol. 34, No. 18, December 2002.
Kilkenny, M. "Interregional Fiscal Accounting," Growth and Change, Vol. 30, No. 4, Fall 1999.
Kilkenny, M., and S. Huffman. "Rural/Urban Welfare Program and Labor Force Participation," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 85, Issue 4, November 2003.
Kilkenny, M., H. Jensen, S. Garasky, and J. Olmstead. "Welfare and Food Assistance at the State and Sub-State Level: A Framework for Evaluating Economic and Programmatic Changes," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 82, No. 3, August 2000.