The Case for Welfare
June 23, 2014 10:02 AM Subscribe
Can someone help me find well-researched academic or think tank articles that challenge the position that current US welfare spending is a disincentive to work? I am specifically asking about debate over actual real levels of benefits in various states in the USA, not other countries or welfare as an abstract ideal.
I'm looking something that engages with the basic argument of this CATO whitepaper
posted by Wretch729 to Law & Government (9 answers total) 29 users marked this as a favorite
The numbers CATO gives don't line up with the experiences of people I know who have received welfare benefits, for instance they claim that the total welfare benefits in Massachusetts are equivalent to a pre-tax salary of over $50,000. However, my disbelief is only anecdotal data based on a limited number of my friends' experiences. Where can I find a systematic analysis?