Following SNAP eligibility expansion, newly-eligible households are 20% more likely to own a business, driven by an increase in new firm birth of 12%.

Many of these new entrepreneurs who were newly eligible for SNAP didn't enroll in the expanded food stamps program. Instead, as Walter Frick writes in The Atlantic, "simply knowing that they could fall back on food stamps if their venture failed was enough to make them more likely to take risks."

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