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The Decentralization of the U.S. Safety Net

  • Sarah Bruch, Marcia Meyers, and Janet Gornick
  • December 14 2016
  • W28-2016

The safety net for working age adults and families is decentralized by design, allowing states wide discretion and producing large state-to-state differences in policies, benefits, and inclusiveness. In this webinar, Sarah Bruch, Department of Sociology, University of Iowa; Marcia Meyers, School of Social Work and Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington; and Janet Gornick, Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY) will draw on work that appeared in a recent IRP Discussion Paper to discuss the scope of this variation and the potential implications for U.S. safety net policies, poverty, and inequality.


Economic Support, Economic Support General, Inequality & Mobility, Inequality & Mobility General, Means-Tested Programs, Place, Place General, Racial/Ethnic Inequality, Social Insurance Programs


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