02 Aug '11, 2pm

The Surprising Economic Value of Food Stamps

The Surprising Economic Value of Food Stamps

The debate we witnessed in the last couple of weeks over the future of food stamps has been mostly an ideological one, focusing on whether food stamps provide important assistance to the poor or have been overused and rife with fraud . Although the debate is over budget, the economic value of the food stamps was somewhat ignored. Those who did take a look at it actually found some surprising results. The economic value of food stamps is an indicator of how much economic activity is actually generated by food stamps. In other words, it shows us how many dollars are injected into the economy for every dollar spent by the federal government on food stamps. When Moody’s Analytics assessed different forms of stimulus , it found that food stamps were the most effective, increasing economic activity by $1.73 for every dollar spent. Unemployment insurance came in second, at $1.62 ...

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/08/will-surprising-econo...

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