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Five Decades of Food Stamps

A Research Conference sponsored by
University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research
University of Wisconsin Institute for Research on Poverty

Funding Support Provided by the Ford Foundation & Annie E. Casey Foundation

September 20, 2013
The Brookings Institution

8:00 a.m. -- Continental Breakfast

8:40 a.m. -- Opening Comments

*All Papers Will Be Released After the Conference

Session 1: Anti-Poverty Effectiveness of SNAP

Moderator: Judith Bartfeld, University of Wisconsin

8:50 a.m. --Why Are So Many Americans on Food Stamps? The Role of the Economy, Policy, and Demographics
Speaker: James P. Ziliak, University of Kentucky
Discussant: Jonathan Schwabish, Congressional Budget Office

9:30 a.m. -- SNAP and Poverty
Speaker: Dean Jolliffe, World Bank; Timothy Smeeding, University of Wisconsin; Laura Tiehen, Economic Research Service
Discussant: Isabell Sawhill, Brookings Institution

10:10 a.m. Break

Session 2: Economic Security of SNAP

Moderator: Craig Gundersen, University of Illinois

10:20 a.m. -- The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Food Insecurity
Speaker: Christian Gregory, Economic Research Service, Matthew Rabbit, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; David Ribar, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Discussant: John Pepper, University of Virginia

11:00 a.m. -- SNAP and Food Consumption
Speaker: Hilary Williamson Hoynes, University of California at Berkeley, Leslie McGranahan, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago; Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, Northwestern University
Discussant: Thomas DeLeire, Georgetown University

11:40 a.m. -- SNAP and Environmental Factors
Speaker: Timothy Beatty, University of Minnesota
Discussant: Michele Ver Ploeg, Economic Research Service

12:20 p.m. -- Lunch

Session 3: Health Security of SNAP

 Moderator: James Ziliak, University of Kentucky

1:00 p.m. --The Health and Nutrition Effects of SNAP: Selection into the Program and a Review of the Literature of Its Effects
Speaker: Marianne Bitler, University of California at Irvine
Discussant: Kosali Simon, Indiana University

1:40 p.m. -- SNAP and Obesity
Speaker: Craig Gundersen, University of Illinois
Discussant: Jay Bhattacharya, Stanford University

2:20 p.m. -- Break

Session 4:SNAP in the Wider Safety Net

Moderator: Timothy Smeeding, University of Wisconsin

2:30 p.m. -- SNAP and School Feeding Programs
Speaker: Judith Bartfeld, University of Wisconsin
Discussant: Alison Jacknowitz, American University

3:10 p.m. -- Multiple Program Participation and the SNAP Program
Speaker: Robert Moffitt, Johns Hopkins University
Discussant: Gary Burtless, Brookings Institution

3:50 p.m. -- Break

Session 5: Policy Roundtable

Moderator: Ron Haskins, Brookings Institution  

4:00 p.m. -- Future of SNAP in the Safety Net
Robert Greenstein, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Ron Haskins, Brookings Institution
Casey Mulligan, University of Chicago
James Weill, Food Research and Action Center

4:50 p.m. -- Final Remarks and Adjour

*Attendance is by invitation only.  

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