Leaders: Mark Duggan, Hilary Hoynes, Karen Jusko
The Safety Net RG is devoted to monitoring changes in government transfers and anti-poverty programs and assessing whether they are meeting the needs of the poor. The U.S. safety net is undergoing such changes as (a) an ongoing decline in TANF cash benefits, (b) rapid increases in spending on EITC, Medicaid, Disability Insurance, Unemployment Insurance, and SNAP, and (c) a dramatic shift toward spending that favors the “working poor” over the more destitute. The CPI affiliates working within this research group are monitoring these changes, examining their implications for poverty, assessing the effectiveness of key government and nongovernment programs in reducing poverty, and modeling the costs and benefits of possible changes in policy and programs. We’ve provided a sampling here of some of this ongoing research.
Poverty Relief Project: With Kate Weisshaar, Karen Jusko uses the poverty relief ratio to evaluate the effectiveness of anti-poverty programs over time, across states, and across countries. Which state is the least effective in fighting poverty? Has the U.S. become more or less effective over time? These and other questions are answered in our latest State of the Union reports.
Long-run effects of SNAP: Have we underestimated the returns to SNAP by ignoring the long-run effects on children exposed to it in their early childhood? It’s now possible to find out.
California Welfare Laboratory: The poverty rate in California, when measured with the Supplemental Poverty Measure, is the highest in the country. What can be done to bring that rate down? The mission of the California Welfare Laboratory is to make research on California’s welfare programs accessible to all and thus facilitate an informed discussion of what is working and what needs to be improved.
Differential EITC effects: It is often argued that early interventions have especially high payoffs. Are the returns to the EITC indeed larger when it goes to parents with young children?
Disability and poverty: Does the federal government’s disability program reduce labor supply? Although it’s long been difficult to identify a causal effect, Mark Duggan has now found a way.
The effects of TANF: The TANF program is very decentralized and thus takes on dramatically different forms. How can we exploit that variability to find out what’s working?
Safety Net - CPI Research
|Socioeconomic Status and Health||Adler, Nancy E., Thomas Boyce, Margaret A....||
Socioeconomic Status and HealthAuthor: Adler, Nancy E., Thomas Boyce, Margaret A....
Publisher: American Psychologist
|Genetic Structure of Human Populations||Noah A. Rosenberg et al.||
Genetic Structure of Human PopulationsAuthor: Noah A. Rosenberg et al.
|Risky Families: Family Social Environments and the Mental and Physical Health of Offspring||Rena L. Repetti, Shelley E. Taylor, and Teresa E...||
Risky Families: Family Social Environments and the Mental and Physical Health of OffspringAuthor: Rena L. Repetti, Shelley E. Taylor, and Teresa E...
Publisher: Psychological Bulletin
|Health, Health Insurance, and the Labor Market||Currie, Janet and Bridget Madrian||
Health, Health Insurance, and the Labor MarketAuthor: Currie, Janet and Bridget Madrian
Publisher: Handbook of Labor Economics Volume 3
|Mapping Human History||Mary-Claire King and Arno G. Motulsky||
Mapping Human HistoryAuthor: Mary-Claire King and Arno G. Motulsky
Safety Net - CPI Affiliates
|Phillip Levine||William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor; Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research||Wellesley College|
|Robert Charles ...||Associate Professor||Columbia University|
|Stefan Svallfors||Professor||Umea University|
|Theda Skocpol||Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology; Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences||Harvard University|
|Theodore R. Marmor||Professor of Public Policy and Management; Professor of Political Science||Yale University|
Safety Net - Other Research
|Employment Relationships in the New Economy||David Neumark and Debbie Reed||
Employment Relationships in the New EconomyAuthor: David Neumark and Debbie Reed
Publisher: Labour Economics
|Governmental Constraints and Labor Market Mobility||Abbott, A. and D.R. Smith||
Governmental Constraints and Labor Market MobilityAuthor: Abbott, A. and D.R. Smith
|Securing Prosperity||Paul Osterman||
Securing ProsperityAuthor: Paul Osterman
Publisher: Princeton University Press
|The Time Divide: Work, Family, and Gender Inequality||Jerry A. Jacobs and Kathleen Gerson||
The Time Divide: Work, Family, and Gender InequalityAuthor: Jerry A. Jacobs and Kathleen Gerson
Publisher: Harvard University Press
|Bad jobs in America : Standard and nonstandard employment relations and job quality in the United States||Arne L. Kalleberg, Barbara F. Reskin and Ken...||
Bad jobs in America : Standard and nonstandard employment relations and job quality in the United StatesAuthor: Arne L. Kalleberg, Barbara F. Reskin and Ken...
Publisher: American Sociological Review
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