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From Welfare to Work

reviewed by Francisco L. Rivera-Batiz - 1994

coverTitle: From Welfare to Work
Author(s): Judith W. Gueron, Edward Pauly
Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation, New York
ISBN: 087154346X, Pages: , Year: 1991
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The work-disincentive effects of welfare programs have been a matter of public policy concern for many years. The reorientation of welfare programs so as to encourage--rather than discourage--work goes back to the late 1960s. However, it was in response to the widespread calls for welfare reform in the 1980s that in 1988 Congress passed the Family Support Act. This act incorporated a broad set of significant changes in welfare legislation, but its major component was the creation of the Job Opportunities and Basic Skills Training (JOBS) Program, which provides federal matching funds for states that sponsor welfare-to-work initiatives. Is the JOBS Program likely to succeed? What is the existing evidence of the impact of welfare-to-work or so-called workfare programs? Are they effective, and in what way? This book provides a thorough survey of the research examining the impact of welfare-to-work programs. There are various problems involved in evaluating the effects of any welfare program. Participants in these programs often drop out of welfare independently of the programs'... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 95 Number 3, 1994, p. 423-426
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 122, Date Accessed: 2/27/2020 4:08:31 PM

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