University of Wisconsin–Madison

Means-Tested Programs

Means-tested programs limit eligibility to individuals and families whose incomes and or assets fall below a pre-determined threshold (means test). They are generally financed by tax revenues and may take the form of entitlements (e.g., Medicaid, SNAP/Food Stamps) or have spending caps (e.g., State Child Health Insurance Program, housing subsidies, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families).

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Exploring the Long-Term Effects of Child Support

  • Jooyoung Kong, Maria Cancian, Daniel R. Meyer, and Quentin Riser
  • Report
  • June 2022
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The Wisconsin Approach to Developing Administrative Data Resources for Research & Evaluation

  • Hilary Shager, Steven Cook, Kristina Trastek, Marah A. Curtis, and Lawrence Berger
  • Webinar
  • May 11 2022
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How have the Working Poor and Working Class Fared since the Great Recession?

  • Erica Groshen, Timothy Smeeding, Fenaba Addo, William Darity, Jr., Jasmine Simington, and Jeff Smith
  • Webinar
  • October 27 2021
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Focus on Poverty & Classroom Supplement 37(1), June 2021
Assessing the Responsiveness of the U.S. Safety Net to the COVID-19 Economic Crisis

  • Edited by Emma Caspar, Judith Siers-Poisson, and James T. Spartz
  • Focus on Poverty & Classroom Supplement
  • June 2021
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Reforming housing assistance to better respond to recipient needs

  • Robert Collinson, Ingrid Gould Ellen, and Jens Ludwig
  • Focus on Poverty & Classroom Supplement
  • June 2021