The Differential Incidence and Severity of Food Insecurity by Racial, Ethnic, and Immigrant Groups over the Great Recession in the United States

Journal Article

We document the differences in food insecurity incidence and severity by race/ethnicity and immigrant status over the Great Recession. We show that the disadvantaged groups with a higher incidence of food insecurity do not necessarily have a higher severity of food insecurity, which underscores the importance of examining both the extensive and intensive margins of food insecurity. Our decomposition analysis indicates that the contribution of compositional and structural factors to the observed differences in exposure to food insecurity is heterogeneous across these groups and over the Great Recession. Finally, SNAP does not seem to fundamentally change the patterns documented.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Flores-Lagunes, A; Jales, HB; Liu, J; Wilson, NL

Published Date

  • May 1, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 108 /

Start / End Page

  • 379 - 383

Published By

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2574-0776

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2574-0768

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1257/pandp.20181106


  • en