Project: Where Is the Threshold? Estimation of the Money-Time Threshold for Food Stamp Participants
Award Year: 2006
Amount of award, fiscal 2006: $100,000.00
Institution: Texas A&M University
Principal Investigator: George Davis
Status: Completed
Detailed Objective: This study will use qualitative research methods to focus on economic survival strategies of low-income families, particularly how, when, and under what circumstances they use the Food Stamp Program. Data for this study will come from a sample of low-income adults with children younger than 16 who participated in the Detroit Area Study on Financial Services in 2005-06. Intensive ethnographic interviews will be conducted in order to advance understanding of (1) what coping strategies families employ in times of economic instability and a changed safety net, (2) how families choose among a variety of strategies—self-reliance, help from friends or family, assistance from private charities, or receipt of government benefits, and (3) how families deal with no or limited health insurance.
Topic: SNAP/Food Stamp Program, Time Use
Dataset: American Time Use Survey (ATUS), Current Population Survey food Security Supplement (CPS-FSS)
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Davis, G., and W. You. “Not Enough Money or Not Enough Time to Satisfy the Thrifty Food Plan? A Cost Difference Approach for Estimating a Money-Time Threshold,” Food Policy, Vol. 36, Issue 2, April 2011.
Davis, G., and W. You. “The Thrifty Food Plan is Not Thrifty When Labor Cost is Considered,” Journal of Nutrition, Vol. 140, No. 4, April 2010.