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dc.contributor.authorBagwell, Grace Elizabeth
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation examines the U.S. SNAP program, first by investigating the determinants of state level expenditure decisions on fraud and outreach and second by an empirical analysis of the impact of SNAP receipt on household tobacco and alcohol expenditures. Two theoretical frameworks are employed to motivate the legislative actor’s decision-making--Schneider and Ingram’s Social Construction Theory and Lerner’s Belief in a Just World. Findings indicate that state legislative actors allocate increased burdens to low-income families in times of economic crisis. Other findings show a strong, positive selection effect into SNAP for smokers and drinkers, and a marginal income effect occurring from program participation.
dc.subjectPolicy Implementation
dc.subjectFood Stamps
dc.subjectSupplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
dc.subjectSocial Construction
dc.subjectBelief in a Just World
dc.titleThe social policy of SNAP participation & expenditures
dc.title.alternativean empirical analysis of tobacco and alcohol
dc.description.departmentPublic Administration and Policy
dc.description.majorPublic Administration
dc.description.advisorJeffrey Wenger
dc.description.committeeJeffrey Wenger
dc.description.committeeVicky Wilkins
dc.description.committeeLaurence J. O'Toole
dc.description.committeeAngela Fertig

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