SNAP Policy Database

Metadata Updated: May 2, 2019

The SNAP Policy Database provides a central data source for information on State policy options in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The database includes information on State-level SNAP policies relating to eligibility criteria, recertification and reporting requirements, benefit issuance methods, availability of online applications, use of biometric technology (such as fingerprinting), and coordination with other low-income assistance programs. Data are provided for all 50 States and the District of Columbia for each month from January 1996 through December 2011.

The information in this database can facilitate research on factors that influence SNAP participation and on SNAP's effects on a variety of outcomes, such as health and dietary intake. More specifically, the database can be used to:

  • Describe the differences in the State-level administration of SNAP and trends in the adoption of specific State-level SNAP policies,
  • Examine how State policies affect household-level participation in SNAP, and
  • Estimate the effect of SNAP participation on outcomes such as health and food spending by combining this data with nationally representative survey data. The SNAP Policy Database provides a potentially exogenous source of variation in program participation and can be used in instrumental variables estimation techniques.

Access & Use Information

Public: This dataset is intended for public access and use. License: Creative Commons CCZero

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References

http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/snap-policy-database/about-the-database.aspx

Dates

Metadata Created Date April 1, 2014
Metadata Updated Date May 2, 2019

Metadata Source

Harvested from USDA JSON

Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Created Date April 1, 2014
Metadata Updated Date May 2, 2019
Publisher Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Unique Identifier USDA-ERS-00089
Maintainer
Laura Tiehen
Maintainer Email
Public Access Level public
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Data Dictionary http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/snap-policy-database/documentation.aspx
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Data First Published 2013-04-24
Homepage URL http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/snap-policy-database.aspx
License https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/
Data Last Modified 2014-03-19
Program Code 005:041
Related Documents http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/snap-policy-database/about-the-database.aspx
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