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The “Great Recession” and redistribution: Federal antipoverty policies

Brookings economist and IRP affiliate Gary Burtless presented a lecture at IRP on November 19, 2009, on “Recession and Redistribution: The Economy, Public Policy, and the Poor.” His talk, summarized in this issue of Fast Focus, represents one presentation in IRP’s continuing series on the “Reorganization of Social Policy in a Recession,” an interdisciplinary seminar series that brings distinguished researchers from other institutions to the UW–Madison campus to present their work on designing and evaluating public policies that support people in the current recession and on the net effects of those policies on vulnerable (especially poor) children and families. Support for the series is provided by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Economic Support, Financial Security, Means-Tested Programs