Welfare-to-Work Program Benefits and Costs: A Synthesis of Research

Welfare-to-Work Program Benefits and Costs: A Synthesis of Research
David Greenberg, Victoria Deitch, and Gayle Hamilton
Source: MDRC

Over the past two decades, federal and state policymakers have dramatically reshaped the nation’s system of cash welfare assistance for low-income families. During this period, there has been considerable variation from state to state in approaches to welfare reform, which are often collectively referred to as “welfare-to-work programs.” To help states assess various program approaches in an informed way, this report draws on an extraordinary body of evidence: results from 28 benefit-cost studies of welfare-to-work programs based on random assignment evaluation designs.

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