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20 Years After Welfare Reform:
Has the Work-Based Safety Net Gone Too Far?

featuring Robert A. Moffitt, Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Economics, Johns Hopkins University

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Lecture 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Social & Behavioral Science Gateway,
Room 1517

(bldg 214 on campus map)


RSVP online. For further information,
please contact Dan Paley, or 949.824.5320.

Join the Economic Self-Sufficiency Policy Research Institute and the UCI School of Social Sciences for an evening lecture with Robert A. Moffitt. In his talk, Moffitt will discuss the successes and failures of welfare reform.

The welfare system in the United States has undergone a long-term evolution from one that provides benefits primarily to nonworking poor families to one that increasingly provides benefits to low-income families with working adults. Many of these families have incomes above the official government poverty line and are not poor. This evolution reflects changing American preferences with regards to the question of who among the poor is deserving and who is not.

Moreover, this evolution reflects long-lasting preferences toward supporting employment, which greatly increases financial incentives for poor families to work, a favored goal among economists and many policy makers. However, at the same time, it has led to declining support for the poor, and has led to reduced financial incentives to higher income families. In his talk, Moffitt will discuss how the resulting policy challenge needs to be addressed with new thinking about welfare programs.

About the Speaker

Robert A. Moffitt is the Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Economics at Johns Hopkins University, where he has worked since 1995. He is also a fellow of the Econometric Society, a fellow of the Society of Labor Economists, a national associate of the National Academy of Sciences, a recipient of a MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health, a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and past president of the Population Association of America. He has served as chief editor of the American Economic Review, coeditor of the Review of Economics and Statistics, chief editor of the Journal of Human Resources, and as chair of the National Academy of Sciences Panel to Evaluate Welfare Reform. He is currently editor of Tax Policy and the Economy, a publication of the National Bureau of Economic Research which provides policy analysts in Washington with results from recent academic economic research on tax and transfer issues.

School of Social Sciences
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-5100