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Carolyn Gunther

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October 2018From Paper to Plastic: Understanding the Impact of eWIC on WIC Recipient Behavior
with Andrew S. Hanks, Dean Lillard, Robert L. Scharff: w25131
Evidence shows that the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is underutilized. WIC enrolls only sixty percent of eligible persons. Participants claim only a fraction of available benefits. Researchers suggest that people underutilize WIC because of the time needed to enroll in and use WIC and because participants may believe that, if others notice them participating in WIC, community members will stigmatize them. Recently enacted policies may reduce both time costs and potential for stigma associated with WIC. Congress mandated that, by 2020, all states disburse WIC benefits through an Electronic Benefits Transfer (eWIC) system. The eWIC potentially reduces the time required for each transaction and makes it more difficult to identify beneficiaries....

Published: Andrew S. Hanks & Carolyn Gunther & Dean Lillard & Robert L. Scharff, 2018. "From paper to plastic: Understanding the impact of eWIC on WIC recipient behavior," Food Policy, .

 
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