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Introduction

Robert A. Moffitt

in Means-Tested Transfer Programs in the United States

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780226533568
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226533575 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226533575.003.0001
Introduction

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The National Bureau of Economic Research convened a conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on 11–12 May 2000 to hear papers delivered on the major transfer programs in the United States. Sponsored by the Smith–Richardson Foundation, the conference included papers on each major program in the country. Each served the triple purpose of explicating the institutional history and current rules of the program; describing its current caseloads, expenditures, and recipient characteristics; and summarizing recent research on each program. This volume contains revised papers from that conference. This introductory chapter first provides an overview of trends in expenditures in means-tested transfers in the United States over the last three decades. It then provides an overview of the subsequent chapters.

Keywords: transfer programs; expenditures; means-tested transfers; United States

Chapter.  5942 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Economics

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