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ERIC Number: EJ793350
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 25
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0193-841X
Tightening Income Documentation in a Means-Tested Program: Who Stays Away?
Gleason, Philip; Burghardt, John; Strasberg, Paul; Hulsey, Lara
Evaluation Review, v32 n3 p273-297 2008
Programs using means tests to identify low-income households face a trade-off between promoting access and ensuring program integrity. The authors use a comparison-district design to estimate the effects of a pilot program to improve the accuracy of the process of certifying students for free or reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch Program. This pilot program required households to provide income documentation with their applications for these benefits. Requiring income documentation did not reduce the proportion of ineligible households getting free or reduced-price meals. Furthermore, this requirement did reduce access to the program among eligible households. (Contains 3 tables, 3 figures, and 14 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A