When economists and policy makers work together to "fix" a problem, the results are frequently surprising to both. The economic history of welfare reform provides multiple examples of unexpected outcomes. This course takes an in-depth look at the economics of welfare reform. We investigate this issue with an eye toward understanding what has gone wrong in the past, what successes can be recorded, and how future efforts can be improved. While exploring these issues, the course also introduces concepts that are crucial to a wide range of applications in economic analysis. Topics include the following: The negative income tax experiments, categorical programs vs. social insurance programs, fiscal federalism, family assistance plans, impacts on labor supply and demand, intergenerational transmission of poverty or welfare dependence, and the dynamics of poverty and welfare use.
COURSE FORMAT: Seminar
Level: UGRD Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS ECON Grading Mode: Graded
Prerequisites: NONE Links to Web Resources For This Course.
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