My dissertation examines the relationship between the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the food environment and childhood obesity. The sum of the dissertation serves as an evaluation of the SNAP program.
My job market paper explores the effect of access to a SNAP-authorized store within a block from a student's household on their weight outcomes. The most recent draft of the paper can be found here. I use panel data methods and spatial modeling to finds that access to a SNAP-authorized store within a city block leads to a 0.7 percentage point increase in the likelihood the student is obese and 0.02 increase in the student’s body mass index z-score. Additionally, it is the first study to differentiate the impact of living near a SNAP-authorized store location as opposed to a store location that is not SNAP-authorized.