ERIC Number: ED102215
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Income Maintenance and Welfare Reform: Papers and Comments. Discussion Paper No. 202-74.
Lampman, Robert J.; And Others
The papers and discussions which follow were presented at the December 1973 meetings of the Allied Social Science Associations in New York City. They provide a stimulating review and perspective on the state of policy and reform possibilities in income maintenance and the welfare system. In his paper, "The Role of Income-Conditioning in the American System of Transfer," Robert J. Lampman notes that between 1960 and 1973 public social welfare expenditures increased from 52 billion dollars to 215 billion dollars. In addition, there is a growing set of private transfers to persons. The scope and scale of this system have grown particularly rapidly since 1964. Lampman points to a few of the more remarkable changes of recent years. The changes selected for discussion were all designed to concentrate their benefits on families in relatively low-income status. The recent moves toward more income-conditioning of benefits suggest that advocates of a simple, straight-forward negative income tax with a moderate tax rate in it are caught between a rock and a hard place. In his paper, "Reflections on Recent History," James Tobin suggests six lessons we can learn from the dismal legislative and political history of tax and welfare reform in recent years. Alice M. Rivlin and Alvin L. Schorr discuss several aspects of these two papers. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Inst. for Research on Poverty.