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Poorest Miss Out on Benefits, Experience More Material Hardship, Since 1996 Welfare Reform
September 13, 2012
Although the federal government's 1996 reform of welfare brought some improvements for the nation's poor, it also may have made extremely poor Americans worse off, new research shows. Welfare has become more difficult to obtain for families at the very bottom, who often have multiple barriers to work. As a result, in the new welfare system, the working poor may be doing better while the deeply poor are doing worse.
University of Chicago
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