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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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
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Options to Improve the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach
  • Focus on Poverty & Classroom Supplement
  • June 2021
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Making the U.S. Safety Net More Responsive to Economic Downturns

  • Robert A. Moffitt and James P. Ziliak, edited by Mitchell McFarlane
  • Fast Focus Policy Brief
  • April 2021
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Focus & Focus+ 36(3), October 2020
COVID-19 and Poverty

  • Focus on Poverty & Classroom Supplement
  • October 2020
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Administrative burdens in the time of Covid-19

  • Pamela Herd and Donald Moynihan
  • Focus on Poverty & Classroom Supplement
  • October 2020
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Policy and economic factors that affect food security

  • Judith Bartfeld and Fei Men
  • Focus on Poverty & Classroom Supplement
  • October 2020
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Administrative Burdens in the time of COVID-19

  • Pamela Herd and Donald Moynihan
  • Webinar
  • May 27 2020
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Measuring How Social Relationships Contribute to the Outcomes of Program Participants

  • Phillip Graham, Megan Smith, Maureen Berner, and Laura Erickson
  • Webinar
  • April 1 2020