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Child Poverty and InequalitySecuring a Better Future for America's Children$
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Duncan Lindsey

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195305449

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305449.001.0001

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The Failure of Welfare Reform to Reduce Child Poverty

The Failure of Welfare Reform to Reduce Child Poverty

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Child Poverty and Inequality

Duncan Lindsey

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the impact of welfare reform on child poverty a dozen years after its enactment. It shows that there are more children in poverty, more children receiving food stamps, more children receiving federally subsidized free lunches (even controlling for population changes) than prior to welfare reform. Although the architects of welfare reform have argued that it has been successful, particularly in reducing child poverty, the empirical data in the chapter suggest just the opposite: child poverty and the economic situation of poor children has grown worse.

Keywords:   child poverty, poor children, welfare reform, social policy, American poverty

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