Data and Code for "Is the Cure Worse than the Disease? Unintended Effects of Payment Reform in a Quantity-based Transfer Program"

Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data
  • Meckel, Katherine (University of California-San Diego)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
WIC; EBT; Welfare; Takeup; Price Discrimination
  • Abstract

    Quantity vouchers are used in redistributive programs to shield participants from price variation and alter their consumption patterns. However, because participants are insensitive to prices, vendors of program goods are incentivized to price discriminate between program and non-program customers. I study these trade-offs in the context of a reform to reduce price discrimination in the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), which provides a quantity voucher for nutritious foods to low-income mothers and children. The reform caused vendors to drop out, reducing program take-up. In addition, smaller vendors increased prices charged to non-WIC shoppers by 6.4%.

Temporal Coverage
  • 2004-01-01 / 2011-01-01
    Time Period: Thu Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2004--Sat Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2011
Geographic Coverage
  • Texas
  • Meckel, Katherine. “Is the Cure Worse than the Disease? Unintended Effects of Payment Reform in a Quantity-Based Transfer Program.” American Economic Review, n.d.

Update Metadata: 2020-05-27 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2020-05-27