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Means-Tested Transfer Programs in the United States / Robert A. Moffitt.

Publication:
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2007]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (654 p.) : 36 line drawings, 95 tables
Series:
National Bureau of Economic Research Conference Report
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Income maintenance programs -- United States -- Congresses.
Public welfare -- United States -- Congresses.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
Few United States government programs are as controversial as those designed to aid the poor. From tax credits to medical assistance, aid to needy families is surrounded by debate-on what benefits should be offered, what forms they should take, and how they should be administered. The past few decades, in fact, have seen this debate lead to broad transformations of aid programs themselves, with Aid to Families with Dependent Children replaced by Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, the Earned Income Tax Credit growing from a minor program to one of the most important for low-income families, and Medicaid greatly expanding its eligibility. This volume provides a remarkable overview of how such programs actually work, offering an impressive wealth of information on the nation's nine largest "means-tested" programs-that is, those in which some test of income forms the basis for participation. For each program, contributors describe origins and goals, summarize policy histories and current rules, and discuss the recipient's characteristics as well as the different types of benefits they receive. Each chapter then provides an overview of scholarly research on each program, bringing together the results of the field's most rigorous statistical examinations. The result is a fascinating portrayal of the evolution and current state of means-tested programs, one that charts a number of shifts in emphasis-the decline of cash assistance, for instance, and the increasing emphasis on work. This exemplary portrait of the nation's safety net will be an invaluable reference for anyone interested in American social policy.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Medicaid
2. The Supplemental Security Income Program
3. The Earned Income Tax Credit
4. U.S. Food and Nutrition Programs
5. The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program
6. Housing Programs for Low-Income Households
7. Child Care Subsidy Programs
9. Child Support: Interactions between Private and Public Transfers
Contributors
Author Index
Subject Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020)
Contributor:
Moffitt, Robert A., editor., Editor,
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780226533575
OCLC:
824142086
Publisher Number:
10.7208/9780226533575 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.