Food security and teenage labor supply

Sarah Hamersma, Matthew Kim

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This study assesses whether teenage labor force participation may influence the food security of children in their families. We utilize the Current Population Survey annual Food Security Supplement and linked monthly core data from 2001 through 2012 to assess the year-to-year dynamics of food security status in families with teenagers. We estimate the effect of teenage employment on food security while controlling for all time-invariant individual and household characteristics using a fixed-effects model. We find that an employed teen reduces the predicted probability of a family's children having very low food security by an economically and statistically significant 50%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberppv007
Pages (from-to)73-92
Number of pages20
JournalApplied Economic Perspectives and Policy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 12 2015


  • Food security
  • Labor supply
  • Teenage employment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Economics and Econometrics


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