Economics of Means-Tested Transfer Programs in the United States, Volume I

Economics of Means-Tested Transfer Programs in the United States, Volume I

Robert A. Moffitt

Print publication date: 2017

ISBN: 9780226370477

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


This volume collects a series of essays by prominent economists on each of the major means-tested, or welfare, programs in the United States. Each essay covers the institutional history of a program, the policy issues surrounding it, its rules and regulations, its history of expenditure and caseloads, and, most importantly, a summary of the research that economists have conducted on the program and the findings from that research. The volume is an update of a popular first volume in 2003 which became a reference Handbook on the shelf of all economists and policy-makers who work on, or who are interested in, transfer programs in the United States. The new volume focuses primarily on the changes in programs which have occurred since 2003 and the results of new research since that date. The volume will be a timely contribution to on-going policy discussions in Washington and elsewhere, bringing the available evidence to bear on the many issues surrounding those programs. The specific transfer programs covered in the volume are the Medicaid program, the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Supplemental Security Income Program, subsidized housing programs, and the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (Food Stamps). In addition, two chapters in the volume cover not traditional transfer programs but rather programs which are intended to increase the human capital of adults and children.

Table of Contents


Robert A. Moffitt

1 The Medicaid Program

Thomas Buchmueller, John C. Ham, and Lara D. Shore-Sheppard

2 The Earned Income Tax Credit

Austin Nichols and Jesse Rothstein

3 US Food and Nutrition Programs

Hilary Hoynes and Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach