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  • Individual Author: Lindsey, Duncan; Martin, Sacha Klein
    Reference Type: Journal Article
    Year: 2003

    Since the passage of welfare reform more than four million children have been removed from the welfare caseload. Proponents of welfare reform have heralded this unprecedented reduction as reflective of the improving situation of poor children. This is simply not the case. Welfare reform has been achieved by reducing public assistance to the poorest children in the United States irrespective of their economic situation. The two states with the greatest reduction in children receiving welfare—more than 90 percent—have actually seen child poverty increase. Although welfare reform has led to several million children being dropped from the welfare rolls, most of these same children have not lost food stamp benefits. The federally subsidized free lunch program, which is targeted to children in poverty, has actually had an increase in eligible children. Taken together the best available data suggest that child poverty has deepened as a result of welfare reform. (author abstract)

    Since the passage of welfare reform more than four million children have been removed from the welfare caseload. Proponents of welfare reform have heralded this unprecedented reduction as reflective of the improving situation of poor children. This is simply not the case. Welfare reform has been achieved by reducing public assistance to the poorest children in the United States irrespective of their economic situation. The two states with the greatest reduction in children receiving welfare—more than 90 percent—have actually seen child poverty increase. Although welfare reform has led to several million children being dropped from the welfare rolls, most of these same children have not lost food stamp benefits. The federally subsidized free lunch program, which is targeted to children in poverty, has actually had an increase in eligible children. Taken together the best available data suggest that child poverty has deepened as a result of welfare reform. (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Duncan, Greg J.; Gennetian, Lisa; Morris, Pamela
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2007

    This article contributes to the literature on parental self-sufficiency and child well-being in two ways. First, we bring a novel interdisciplinary perspective to formulating hypotheses about the pathways by which policy-induced changes in the environments in which children are embedded, both within and outside the home, facilitate or harm children’s development. These hypotheses help to organize the contradictory assertions regarding child impacts that have surrounded the debate over welfare reform. Second, we draw on a set of policy experiments to understand the effects of reforms targeting parents’ self-sufficiency on both parents and their children. The random-assignment design of these evaluations provides an unusually strong basis for identifying conditions under which policy-induced increases in employment among low-income and mostly single parents can help or hurt young children’s achievement. (Author introduction)

    This article contributes to the literature on parental self-sufficiency and child well-being in two ways. First, we bring a novel interdisciplinary perspective to formulating hypotheses about the pathways by which policy-induced changes in the environments in which children are embedded, both within and outside the home, facilitate or harm children’s development. These hypotheses help to organize the contradictory assertions regarding child impacts that have surrounded the debate over welfare reform. Second, we draw on a set of policy experiments to understand the effects of reforms targeting parents’ self-sufficiency on both parents and their children. The random-assignment design of these evaluations provides an unusually strong basis for identifying conditions under which policy-induced increases in employment among low-income and mostly single parents can help or hurt young children’s achievement. (Author introduction)

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