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Means-Tested Transfer Programs in the United States
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Means-Tested Transfer Programs in the United States

Robert A. Moffitt

Abstract

Few United States government programs are as controversial as those designed to aid the poor. From tax credits to medical assistance, aid to needy families is surrounded by debate—on what benefits should be offered, what forms they should take, and how they should be administered. The past few decades, in fact, have seen this debate lead to broad transformations of aid programs themselves, with Aid to Families with Dependent Children replaced by Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, the Earned Income Tax Credit growing from a minor program to one of the most important for low-income families ... More

Keywords: tax credits, medical assistance, needy families, benefits, aid programs, low-income families, Medicaid, means-tested programs, statistical examinations, cash assistance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780226533568
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226533575.001.0001

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Robert A. Moffitt, editor

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