Performance Improvement 2011-2012. How Did the Welfare Caseload Respond to the Great Recession?


Researchers examined the factors associated with changes in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families caseload in response to the “Great Recession” of the early years of the 21st Century. They also explored how the caseload response to the recession compares with caseload responses during previous economic downturns.

TANF responded more strongly to changes in unemployment, economic variables, and work incentives during the Great Recession than it has in the past decade.

Report Title: TANF and the Great Recession: A Multivariate Analysis of Program Responsiveness
Agency Sponsor: OASPE-OHSP, Office of Human Services Policy
Federal Contact: Brian Levy, 202-401-3953
Performer: In-house staff
Record ID: 9698 (Report issued June 15, 2011)

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