ERIC Number: ED263292
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-May-22
Reference Count: N/A
Children in Poverty.
Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Congressional Research Service.
This study was requested (by Representatives Charles B. Rangel and Harold Ford) in August 1984, to explore the factors which influence the poverty rate among children. Researchers were asked to examine demographic trends, economic factors, government policies, and other phenomena which could help explain why, despite increased government expenditures, the poverty rate among children has risen. Policy options to reduce poverty among children were also examined. Part I of the report explores trends and policy from 1959-1984, including the definition, description, and dynamics of poverty; how household composition affects poverty among children; family income; unemployemnt and income distribution; and government transfer spending. Part II concerns policy options to reduce poverty among children and discusses the incidence of poverty among children; government policy in designing and administering aid; options for cash and in-kind transfer programs; nutrition, welfare, educational and other service options to deal with the effects of poverty; and options for improving employability. Part III concerns the costs and effects of expanding the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) programs, and describes and analyzes expansion proposals, benefit levels, extending benefits to two-parent families; increasing deductions from income liberalizing asset restrictions, reducing states' financing shares for increases in AFDC benefits, and the costs and effects of enacting the package of proposals. Extensive appendices provide additional details about programs and background information; statistical tables and charts are also included. (CG)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Ways and Means.; Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Congressional Budget Office.
Authoring Institution: Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Congressional Research Service.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Aid to Families with Dependent Children