Welfare to Work in the U.S.: A Model for Other Developed Nations?

International Tax and Public Finance, Vol. 7, Issue 1, 2000

Posted: 1 Sep 2001

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Robert Haveman

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Barbara Wolfe

University of Wisconsin-Madison; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); RSSS-economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Abstract

The 1996 U.S. welfare reform legislation established the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. TANF represents the ascendance of the view that market work should be substituted for benefit recipiency. We describe the problems inherent in U.S. social welfare policy prior to TANF (emphasizing its serious labor supply disincentives), catalogue the wide variety of economic changes implicit in TANF, and describe the policies undertaken by the state of Wisconsin, a leader in implementing the new federal policy. We conclude by asking if this U.S. reform can serve as a model for other nations.

Keywords: welfare policy, welfare reform, TANF

Suggested Citation

Haveman, Robert H. and Wolfe, Barbara L., Welfare to Work in the U.S.: A Model for Other Developed Nations?. International Tax and Public Finance, Vol. 7, Issue 1, 2000. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=261581

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