Supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) benefit cycles and student disciplinary infractions

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Does the timing and frequency of program benefits influence student school outcomes? The poor may be especially vulnerable to income scarcity at the end of welfare programbenefit cycles. Such scarcity may strain other aspects of family life and exacerbate children’s behavior problems. We use data fromthe Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and school disciplinary records to compare the incidence of disciplinary infractions at the beginning and end of months among Chicago Public School students in grades 5-8 whose families did and did not receive SNAP. Controlling for student and school characteristics, our estimates show that student disciplinary infractions generally spike at the end of the month irrespective of SNAP receipt status. However, spikes are exacerbated among students who receive SNAP benefits. The within-month difference in disciplinary infractions for students in SNAP recipient families is 7 percentage points larger than for nonrecipients. These differences are particularly pronounced for males.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gennetian, LA; Seshadri, R; Hess, ND; Winn, AN; Goerge, RM

Published Date

  • January 1, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 90 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 403 - 433

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0037-7961

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1086/688074

Citation Source

  • Scopus