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Do the Labels We Use for Public Benefit Programs Matter?

In this podcast, economist Tim Beatty of the University of California, Davis talks about an article he co-wrote with Charlotte Tuttle about the SNAP or food stamps program and what happened to people’s spending when there was a sudden increase in the program benefit. Beatty says the answer can tell us something about whether the labels we use for public benefit programs influence how people spend their money.


Economic Support, Food & Nutrition, Food Assistance, Food Insecurity, Means-Tested Programs