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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How do parental welfare work requirements affect children?

  • Chris M. Herbst
  • Focus & Focus+
  • June 2018
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How do paid leave and TANF generosity affect welfare participation and material hardship around a birth?

  • Marci Ybarra, Alexandra B. Stanczyk, and Yoonsook Ha
  • Focus & Focus+
  • June 2018
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Suburban Poverty

  • Will Maher
  • Poverty Fact Sheet
  • February 2018
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Robert Doar on A Safety Net That Works

  • Robert Doar
  • Podcast
  • December 2017
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Minimum benefit plan for the elderly

  • Pamela Herd, Melissa Favreault, Madonna Harrington Meyer, and Timothy Smeeding
  • Focus & Focus+
  • Special Issue 2017
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Paid Family Leave for Low-Income Women

  • Marci Ybarra
  • Webinar
  • October 18 2017
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Deep poverty in the United States

  • Fast Focus
  • October 2017
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Extreme Poverty after Welfare Reform

  • Scott Winship
  • Podcast
  • July 2017
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Weighing the Benefits of a Universal vs. Targeted Child Safety Net

  • Christopher Wimer and James Ziliak
  • Webinar
  • May 17 2017
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Linking Data Science and Behavioral Science to Build Better Poverty Policy

  • James Guszcza and Justin Sydnor
  • Webinar
  • January 18 2017