The California Welfare Laboratory's research database, continually updated from 1997 to 2016, includes hundreds of studies on welfare, poverty, and the social safety net in California. This database is oriented toward government officials, welfare program administrators, researchers, social welfare practitioners, interest groups, foundation officials, advocates, the media, and the public at large. It includes studies sponsored or conducted by the federal government, the State of California, local governments, academic researchers in public and private institutions of higher learning, and independent national and California-based research organizations. The database enables users to search these studies with keyword and multi-parameter searches.
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Income Inequality and the Safety Net in California
Income inequality has been increasing for decades, and the gap is particularly pronounced in California. This 2016 report from the Public Policy Institute of California documents the growing gap between high- and low-income Californians. It shows how California's welfare programs, including food assistance programs, cash assistance, housing aid, and others, mitigate the gap between high-income and low-income Californians by 40 percent.