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Award Type

Honorable Mention

Dissertation Advisor

Robert Haveman


As the nation's largest cash welfare program, Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), is replaced by state welfare programs funded by federal block grants, the effects of reforms on the welfare participation and labor-supply choices of low-income individuals remain a topic of considerable interest. This dissertation uses two different approaches to analyze the effects of changes in welfare-program benefit formulas and eligibility rules on the economic wellbeing of and the choices made by low-income individuals.

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