Campus Units

Economics, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

12-2016

Journal or Book Title

Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy

Volume

38

Issue

4

First Page or Article ID Number

578

Last Page

598

DOI

10.1093/aepp/ppw020

Abstract

The food packages provided by the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program changed in 2009. This article examines purchases of whole grain products before and after the change. Nielsen Homescan panel data from 2008 to 2010 provide information on households’ food purchases, demographics, and self-reported WIC participation status. We estimate the effect of WIC participation and the 2009 package change on whole grains purchases using a difference-in-difference method, and find that participation in the WIC program was associated with more whole grain purchases during the observed period; the package change in 2009 roughly doubled the associated effect of WIC participation on the purchases of whole grain products. These results are consistent with recommendations in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and suggest that moderate innovations in the design of food assistance programs can lead to beneficial dietary choices.

JEL Classification

D10, I18, Q18

Comments

This article is published as Oh, Miyoung, Helen H. Jensen, and Ilya Rahkovsky. "Did revisions to the WIC program affect household expenditures on whole grains?." Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 38 (2016): 578-598. doi: 10.1093/aepp/ppw020.

Rights

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Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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