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
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
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