The Decline of Welfare in Wisconsin

Mead, Lawrence M.
October 1999
Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory;Oct99, Vol. 9 Issue 4, p597
Academic Journal
The recent fall in the national welfare rolls suggests that mandatory work programs can reduce dependency by more than evaluations suggest. The nonexperimental literature does not test that possibility well. This study uses field interviewing and program data more fully than previously to portray the forces that shape caseload decline. It focuses on Wisconsin, the state with the most dramatic caseload decline.A time series analysis of the state caseload trend from 1986 to 1994 suggests that good economic conditions and benefit cuts help to account for the caseload decline, but much remains unexplained. Cross-sectional analyses comparing counties find strong evidence that demanding work and child support requirements also helped drive the caseload down. The policy implications are mixed. Reform Wisconsin-style appears successful to date, but it makes heavy political and administrative demands on government.


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