University of Iowa Honors Theses

Author

Emily Legel

Major Department

Economics

College

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Session and Year of Graduation

Spring 2017

Honors Major Advisor

Stacey Brook

Thesis Mentor

David Frisvold

Abstract

The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) is the latest implementation of the welfare program. Different from Aid to Families with Dependent Children, the new law allows for spending in categories other than the cash assistance traditionally thought of as welfare. With the new program being administered as a block grant to the states, the levels of spending in each category vary not only by year but also by state. In this paper, I summarize PRWORA spending into seven categories. I will test for a correlation between levels of spending on benefits and other categories and changes in the official poverty measure. At the end, I find that spending on childcare assistance, work supports, and tax credits authorized under PRWORA have a moderate effect on a state's poverty rate in the short-term.

Keywords

Poverty, TANF, PRORWA

Total Pages

27 pages

Copyright

Copyright 2017 Emily Legel

 

URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/honors_theses/45