Professor George Davis and Associate Professor Wen You, both in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, are the recipients of the 2014 Award for Excellence in Applied Research.
Davis and You have been in the forefront of research investigating how time allocation affects the diet quality and health of individuals. Recently they have focused on their research on understanding how time allocation may affect the efficacy of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as the food stamp program).
They reported that SNAP-based food costs are underestimated as much as 40 percent, and the percentage of individuals reaching SNAP consistent nutrition target levels may be overestimated as much as 50 percent.
Their research has been instrumental in shaping the public policy debate regarding the importance of accounting for time required by low-level income households to purchase and prepare healthy foods.
Davis and You are receiving this award for their excellent research contribution to the importance of incorporating time in the evaluation of the adequacy of SNAP benefits.