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

ISBN: 9780226533568

Published: October 15th 2003

Hardcover

654 pages


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

Means-Tested Transfer Programs in the United States by Robert A. Moffitt
October 15th 2003 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 654 pages | ISBN: 9780226533568 | 3.68 Mb

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, andMoreFew 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 nations 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 recipients 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 fields 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 nations safety net will be an invaluable reference for anyone interested in American social policy.



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