ERIC Number: ED162049
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Can Welfare Reform Eliminate Poverty? Discussion Paper No. 517-78.
Danziger, Sheldon; Plotnick, Robert
This paper describes the existing welfare system, outlines the problems with the system that have led to its being characterized as a "mess," and presents the principles on which Carter's reform proposals are based. It then analyzes the level and trend in poverty since 1965 and the anti-poverty effect of income maintenance programs in general and welfare programs in particular. The contradictions inherent in the goals of eliminating poverty and reforming welfare are discussed and are analyzed with reference to the proposed Program for Better Jobs and Income. It is concluded that if poverty is to be eliminated, there must be a greater emphasis on increasing the employment or social insurance income, rather than the welfare income, of the poor. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Inst. for Research on Poverty.