ERIC Number: ED075562
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr-10
Reference Count: 0
Studies in Public Welfare. Paper No. 1; Public Income Transfer Programs: The Incidence of Multiple Benefits and the Issues Raised by Their Receipt.
Storey, James R.
This report presents data on the numbers of persons receiving benefits from various public income programs. Included in the scope of the study are social insurance programs, income-in-kind programs, public assistance, and other income supplement programs. The report focuses particularly on cases in which persons receive benefits under more than one program and examines the issues which are raised by receipt of multiple benefits. The fact that some persons receive benefits under several programs generally results from their availing themselves of benefits to which they are entitled, and it does not imply wrongdoing. However, the consequences of combined benefits, in some instances, may not be those that policymakers desired in establishing the programs individually; that is, the combined impact on recipients and nonrecipients alike may be quite different from the effects anticipated for individual programs. Because of the high degree of overlap of beneficiaries among the various programs, the policy implications of the interactions of these programs deserve greater scrutiny. Chief among the issues raised are the following: work incentives; family stability; administrative error; differential treatment based on personal characteristics; program inefficiency; and, administrative complexity. This report's findings suggest that these issues are critical and real. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Financial Problems, Financial Support, Guaranteed Income, Income, Insurance, Policy Formation, Program Administration, Public Policy, Public Support, Welfare Agencies, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Services
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Authoring Institution: Joint Economic Committee, Washington, DC.