Welfare Reform

Research Conference

"Access, Assets and Poverty." October 11-12, 2007. Washington, D.C.

"New Directions for Research on Social Policy and Organizational Practices." July 11-12, 2005. Ann Arbor, MI.

"Working and Poor: How Economic and Policy Changes Are Affecting Low-Wage Workers." June 9-10, 2005. Washington, D.C.

Funded Research Abstracts

Contradictions of Consolidation: Debating Fishery Restructuring in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Karen Hebert, Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan.

The Political Representation of the Poor. Karen Long Jusko, Department of Political Science, University of Michigan.

An Evaluation of the Federal Empowerment Zone (EZ) Program. Patrick Kline, Department of Economics, University of Michigan; and Matias Busso, Department of Economics, University of Michigan.

"Employers and WorkFirst: Assessing Decisions about Retention of New Workers." Anthony J. Mallon, Doctoral Candidate, Joint Program in Social Work and Policital Science, University of Michigan.

2004 Poverty Research Grants

Working Papers

Methodological Frontiers of Public Finance Field Experiments. Jeffrey R. Kling, The Brookings Institution. (2007-06)

Mixing Qualitative and Quantitative Research in Developmental Science: Uses and Methodological Choices. Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Harvard University; Thomas S. Weisner, University of California, Los Angeles; Ariel Kalil, University of Chicago; Niobe Way, New York University. (2006-45)

White-Collar Woes: Later-Career Job Displacement in the “New Risk Economy.” Ruby Mendenhall, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Ariel Kalil, University of Chicago; Laurel J. Spindel, University of Chicago; and Cassandra Hart, Northwestern University. (2006-43)

Three Decades of Consumption and Income Poverty. Bruce D. Meyer, University of Chicago and NBER, and James X. Sullivan, University of Notre Dame (2006-35)

Labor Market Experiences and Transitions to Adulthood. Carolyn J. Hill, Georgetown University and Harry J. Holzer, Georgetown University. (2006-32)

Micro-simulating Child Poverty in Great Britain in 2010 and 2020. Mike Brewer, Institute for Fiscal Studies; and James Browne, Institute for Fiscal Studies; and Professor Holly Sutherland, Institute for Economic and Social Research, University of Essex. (2006-31)

Welfare Reform and Family Expenditures: How are Single Mothers Adapting to the New Welfare and Work Regime? Neeraj Kaushal, Columbia University; Qin Gao, Fordham University; Jane Waldfogel, Columbia University (2006-07)

The Consequences of Recent Job Growth on Older Low Income Workers William M. Rodgers III, Rutgers University. (2006-06)

Studying Consumption with the Panel Study of Income Dynamics: Comparisons with the Consumer Expenditure Survey and an Application to the Intergenerational Transmission of Well-being. Kerwin Kofi Charles, University of Chicago Sheldon Danziger, University of Michigan, Geng Li, Federal Reserve Board Robert F. Schoeni, University of Michigan (2006-04)

The Impact of Technological Change on LowWage Workers: A Review David Card, University of California Berkeley and the National Bureau of Economic Research; John DiNardo, University of Michigan and NBER. (2005-28)

Recent Trends in Resource Sharing among the Poor Steven J. Haider, Michigan State University; Kathleen McGarry, University of California, Los Angeles and NBER (2005-26)

Work and Poverty During the Past Quarter Century Rebecca M. Blank, Sheldon H. Danziger and Robert F. Schoeni, National Poverty Center, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan (2005-25)

The Level and Composition of Consumption Over the Business Cycle: The Role of "Quasi-Fixed" Expenditures Kerwin Kofi Charles and University of Michigan and NBER; Melvin Stephens Jr. Carnegie Mellon University and NBER (2005-24)

The Changing Pattern of Wage Growth for Low Skilled Workers Eric French, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago; Bhashkar Mazumder, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago; Christopher Taber, Department of Economics and Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University. (2005-22)

Do Temporary Help Jobs Improve Labor Market Outcomes for Low-Skilled Workers? Evidence from Random Assignments David H. Autor, MIT Department of Economics and NBER; Susan N. Houseman,W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research (2005-20)

Poverty in America: Trends and Explanations Hilary W. Hoynes, Marianne E. Page, Ann Huff Stevens, Department of Economics, U C Davis (2005-19)

Exploring Gender Differences in Employment and Wage Trends Among Less-Skilled Workers Rebecca M. Blank, University of Michigan and NBER; Heidi Shierholz, University of Michigan. (2005-18)

How Do Tax Policies Affect Low Income Workers? Kevin A. Hassett, The American Enterprise Institute and Anne Moore, University of California, Berkeley (2005-16)

State Spending on Social Assistance Programs Over the Business Cycle Therese J. McGuire, Northwestern University; David F. Merriman, Loyola University Chicago (2005-15)

The Macroeconomy and Determinants of the Earnings of Less-Skilled Workers Robert E. Hall, Hoover Institution and Department of Economics, Stanford University, National Bureau of Economic Research (2005-14)

Temporary Agency Employment as a Way out of Poverty? David Autor, MIT Department of Economics and NBER; Susan Houseman, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research (2005-13)

Unemployment Insurance Over the Business Cycle: Does it Meet the Needs of Less-Skilled Workers? Phillip B. Levine, Department of Economics, Wellesley College (2005-11)

Welfare Reform, Saving, and Vehicle Ownership: Do Asset Limits and Vehicle Exemptions Matter? James X. Sullivan, University of Michigan (2005-07)

Income Poverty and Material Hardship: How Strong is the Association? John Iceland, University of Maryland. Kurt Bauman, U.S. Census Bureau. (2004-17)

The Effect of an Applicant’s Criminal History on Employer Hiring Decisions and Screening Practices: Evidence from Los Angeles. Harry J. Holzer, Georgetown Public Policy Institute, Georgetown University. Steven Raphael, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley. Michael A. Stoll, Department of Public Policy, School of Public Affairs, University of California, Los Angeles. (2004-15)

Poverty, Prices and Place: How Sensitive is the Spatial Distribution of Poverty to Cost of Living Adjustments? Dean Jolliffe, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (2004-13)

Why did the Welfare Caseload Decline? Caroline Danielson, Welfare Policy Research Project, University of California. Jacob Alex Klerman, RAND. (2004-12)

Watching the Clock Tick: Factors Associated with TANF Accumulation Kristin S. Seefeldt, Research Investigator, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Sean M. Orzol, Research Analyst, Mathematica Policy Research. (2004-09)

Escaping Low Earnings: the Role of Employer Characteristics and Changes Harry J. Holzer, Georgetown University, The Urban Institute. Julia I. Lane, The Urban Institute, US Census Bureau. Lars Vilhuber, Cornell University. (2004-08)

Welfare Reform and Children's Living Arrangements Marianne P. Bitler, RAND Corporation. Jonah B. Gelbach, University of Maryland. Hilary W. Hoynes, University of California, Davis and NBER. (2004-04)

What Mean Impacts Miss: Distributional Effects of Welfare Reform Experiments Marianne P. Bitler, RAND Corporation and IZA. Jonah B. Gelbach, University of Maryland. Hilary W. Hoynes, University of California , Davis and NBER. (2004-03)

The Disparate Labor Market Impacts of Monetary Policy Seth B. Carpenter, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. William M. Rodgers III, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development (2003-10)

Consequences from the Redistribution of Urban Poverty During the 1990s: A Cautionary Tale George C. Galster, College of Urban, Labor, and Metropolitan Affairs, Wayne State University. (2003-09)

Filling the Poverty Gap: Then and Now James P. Ziliak, Department of Economics and UK Center for Poverty Research, University of Kentucky. (2003-08)