Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 32, Issue 1, pp 98–110 | Cite as

Household Assets and Food Security: Evidence from the Survey of Program Dynamics

  • Baorong Guo
Original paper


This study uses the Survey of Program Dynamics data to examine the independent role of household assets in food security. It further examines whether assets provide a buffer for low-income households to food insecurity in the face of income losses. Results of the Two-Part Model analyses show that household assets have a significant association with food security in both the full sample and the low-income sample. In the presence of household assets, income’s effect on food security decreases. In addition, the significant interaction terms of income loss and household assets indicate that assets provide resources to smooth food consumption. The findings of this study suggest a consideration of asset building strategies in asset related provisions of current food assistance policy.


Food security Food stamp program Household assets Income 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social WorkUniversity of Missouri—St. LouisSt. LouisUSA

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