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LSU Economics Ph.D. Student’s Paper Accepted for Publication by Review of Economics of the Household

08/16/2011 10:00 AM

BATON ROUGE – Christian Raschke, a Ph.D. student in the LSU Department of Economics, has written a paper that the Review of Economics of the Household has accepted for publication.


Raschke’s paper, “Food Stamps and the Time Cost of Food Preparation,” investigates the cost of individuals’ time incurred due to preparing food at home and focuses on low income households that receive food stamp benefits.


“Using information on whether a household received food stamp benefits, I compared actual food stamp recipients’ time cost to those who do not receive food stamp benefits,” Raschke states in the paper’s abstract.


To estimate the cost of time and food preparation, Raschke combined data from the American Time Use Survey and the current Population Survey’s Food Security Supplement. In his summary, he concludes that the total cost of food preparation at home is significantly lower for food stamp recipients compared to non-recipients, even after accounting for time costs.


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The Review of Economics of the Household publishes empirical and theoretical research on the economic behavior and decision-making processes of single and multi-person households. Household decisions analyzed include consumption, labor supply, household formation and dissolution, demand for health and other forms of human capital, fertility and investment in children's human capital, demand for environmental and other public goods, migration, demand for religiosity, and decisions by agricultural households.


The Department of Economics at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business offers courses that provide undergraduate and graduate students an intellectual challenge and strong analytic training and the tools to address the economic and social problems faced both domestically and internationally. The faculty’s dedication to quality teaching and research is reflected by numerous awards received and peer-reviewed scholarly articles published in high-quality economic journals. The Journal of Labor Research and the Journal of Macroeconomics, two highly regarded academic journals, are edited within the department. For more information, visit or call 225-578-5211.

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