ERIC Number: ED187510
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Aspects of Welfare and Poverty in Rural America: Two Issue Briefs.
Carlin, Thomas A.; And Others
The two papers in this document were prepared in response to requests by the Department of Agriculture and the White House staff for briefs on welfare and poverty issues. The first paper, "The Administration's Welfare Reform Proposal: Impact on Rural Areas" by Robert Hoppe, discusses major provisions of (1) the proposed Welfare Reform Amendment (H.R. 4904) which would attempt to standardize Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) Program and make it more consistent from state to state and (2) the Work and Training Opportunities Act (H.R. 4425) which would increase employment opportunities for people eligible for AFDC. The brief concludes that most of the proposal's provisions appear beneficial to rural people. The second paper, "The Farm Differentiation in the Poverty Threshold: Should It Be Changed?" is by Thomas A. Carline, Linda M. Ghelfi, and Janet W. Coffin. It presents a short history of changes in the farm differential since 1964 along with three arguments for its complete elimination from the official poverty definition. Among the implications discussed are the impact elimination of the farm differential would have on programs and statistics, the broad-based support for eliminating the differential, and the impact of in-kind income (food stamps, housing, Medicare and Medicaid) on urban and rural poverty. (DS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Economics, Statistics, and Cooperatives Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Aid to Families with Dependent Children; Farm Differential; Work and Training Opportunities Act