The Economics of the Safety-Net: Evidence from Food Stamps

Faculty Sponsor(s): 
Chima Ndumele and Jacob Wallace

Project Description(s):

Professors Ndumele and Wallace are recruiting one Fellow to work on the following project:

We are seeking a pre­doctoral fellow to work with us on a research project that examines how programs across the safety-­net interact to impact the health of beneficiaries. This project will use detailed administrative data from the Medicaid and Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) to examine whether involuntary terminations of SNAP benefits influence (1) health care utilization, (2) health care outcomes, and (3) overall costs to the safety-­net. The project will involve analysis of large claims databases, estimating models, creating presentations, and helping to prepare manuscripts.

Fellows may have the opportunity to co-­author papers with the research team and will regularly interact with faculty inside and outside of Yale. We encourage our fellow to take classes while they are at Yale and participate in various economics seminars happening across campus.

Requisite Skills and Qualifications:

Candidates should have a long-term interest in pursuing economics-related research and be completing or have completed a Bachelors or Master’s degree. The ideal applicant will have strong programming skills. Preference will be given to detail-oriented applicants with previous research and programming experience, particularly in working with large datasets, in either Python, R, or Stata. We also encourage individuals with previous experience in economic consulting to apply.

Special Application Instructions:

None.

Sponsor Name: 
Ndumele