Download this Paper Open PDF in Browser

The Clinton Legacy for America's Poor

75 Pages Posted: 7 Nov 2001  

Rebecca M. Blank

U.S. Department of Commerce

David T. Ellwood

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Multiple version iconThere are 2 versions of this paper

Date Written: July 2001

Abstract

This paper examines the impact of Clinton era social policy changes on the poor. It explores shifts in incentives, behavior, and incomes and discusses the role Clinton did or did not play in influencing the policy mix and the nature of the political debate surrounding poverty. Policy changes included a radical shift in welfare policy, a sizable expansion in supports for low income workers with children, new child support enforcement measures, more restricted support for immigrants, and altered housing policies. Partly as a result of these policies, but also in part due to the strong economy, welfare use plummeted, work rose dramatically among single parents, and poverty was reduced. At the same time, there are indications that some families are doing worse than before and that some working families are not getting health and food benefits to which they are entitled. Significant questions remain about what will happen to poor families in the next recession.

Suggested Citation

Blank, Rebecca M. and Ellwood, David T., The Clinton Legacy for America's Poor (July 2001). KSG Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP01-028. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=289957 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.289957

Rebecca Blank (Contact Author)

U.S. Department of Commerce ( email )

1401 Constitution Ave, N.W.
Rm 5838, HCHB
Washington, DC 20230
United States
202-482-3727 (Phone)

David Ellwood

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) ( email )

79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
617-495-1121 (Phone)
617-496-9053 (Fax)

Paper statistics

Downloads
269
Rank
84,416
Abstract Views
2,044