Diane Schanzenbach is a Margaret Walker Alexander Professor of Human Development and Social Policy at Northwestern. Diane's research focuses on Child, Adolescent and Family Studies, Education Policy, Performance Measurement and Rewards, Quantitative Methods for Policy Research, Social Disparities and Health.
Policymakers increased all SNAP payments to the maximum benefit level during COVID, raising average monthly benefits by 50 to 90 percent. Initially, all states opted into these expansions, but some states ended participation and reverted back to payments based on the regular benefit formula. This paper examines the impact of EA payments on benefits, participation, labor supply, food insecurity and other measures of well-being.