Poorest miss out on benefits, experience more material hardship since welfare reform

Release Date: 
Thursday, September 13, 2012

UChicago News Press Release, (September 13, 2012)

Although the federal government’s 1996 reform of welfare brought some improvements for the nation’s poor, it also may have made extremely poor Americans worse off, new research shows. 

Marci Ybarra, assistant professor at SSA, and lead author and SSA alumnus H. Luke Shaefer, assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, explore the changes in a new paper, “The Welfare Reforms of the 1990s and the Stratification of Material Well-being among Low-income Households with Children,” published in September in Children and Youth Services Review.