Means-Tested Transfer Programs in the United States
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.
Introduction- Robert A. Moffitt
1. Medicaid- Jonathan Gruber
2. The Supplemental Security Income Program- Mary C. Daly and Richard V. Burkhauser
3. The Earned Income Tax Credit- V. Joseph Hotz and John Karl Scholz
4. U.S. Food and Nutrition- Janet Currie
5. The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program- Robert A. Moffitt
6. Housing Programs for Low-Income Households- Edgar O. Olsen
7. Child Care Subsidy Programs- David M. Blau
8. Employment and Training Programs- Robert J. LaLonde
9. Child Support: Interactions between Private and Public Transfers- Robert I. Lerman and Elaine Sorensen