Journal of Economic Perspectives: Vol. 11 No. 1 (Winter 1997)


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Policy Watch: The 1996 Welfare Reform

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Blank, Rebecca M. 1997. "Policy Watch: The 1996 Welfare Reform." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 11(1): 169-177.

DOI: 10.1257/jep.11.1.169


Welfare reform legislation was passed in the summer of 1996. Four key research questions that the new law presents to social scientists are as follows: (1) Can states design and operate better programs than AFDC? This includes questions about the ability of AFDC women to work a significant number of hours; the legislation's effect in areas of concentrated urban poverty; and the extent to which women will be able to improve their families' economic status under the legislation. (2) Will jobs be available? (3) How will the new block grant affect states' fiscal situation? and (4) What new research methodology questions does this legislation introduce?

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Blank, Rebecca M. (Northwestern U)

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I38: Welfare and Poverty: Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs


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