UC Davis Agricultural and Resource Economics

ARE at AAEA: Charlotte Ambrozek: The churning of the seasons: Agricultural employment and SNAP certification cycles

July 31, 2018

Time: Monday, Aug. 6
Location: Washington Room 2 / Workforce Decisions and the Social Safety Net


Participant exit and reentry over short time spans (“churn”) in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is costly to program participants and administrators. In the first empirical attempt to identify causes of churn, we combine California employment and SNAP caseload data to determine whether churn increases with agricultural employment and which characteristics of agricultural employment cause churn. We find (1) that churn rates are higher with more agricultural employment and (2) that variability in employment is a cause of churn; this effect is larger in counties with more agricultural employment. We conclude with relevant policy recommendations.

*This is information about one of the 17 people from ARE with a presentation at the 2018 AAEA Annual Meeting Aug. 5–7 in Washington, D.C.


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