Do Welfare Benefits Pay Electoral Dividends? Evidence from the National Food Stamp Program Rollout

@article{Kogan2021DoWB,
  title={Do Welfare Benefits Pay Electoral Dividends? Evidence from the National Food Stamp Program Rollout},
  author={Vladimir G. Kogan},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  year={2021},
  volume={83},
  pages={58 - 70}
}
Growing evidence suggests that pocketbook considerations influence voting behavior in the United States and other developed countries and that incumbents can use targeted government benefits to win voter support. It remains unclear whether the general relationship between government spending and incumbent support also holds for means-tested welfare programs, however. I contribute to this empirical literature by taking advantage of the decade-long rollout of the American Food Stamp Program. The… Expand

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