Welfare reform’s forgotten goals

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

August 18, 2011
… judging the effectiveness of welfare solely by how many people leave it is a bit like judging the success of a hospital by how many people leave it — without differentiating between whether they depart cured, ill or dead. A full analysis of welfare reform demonstrates a decidedly mixed bag. Some have been greatly aided, but others irreparably harmed… The law that Clinton signed gave governors, mayors and subsequent federal policymakers the tools to further change welfare dramatically, for better or worse. Most changes were for the worse, tightening work requirements and imposing penalties for noncompliance …

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Economics: The shaky science

Monday, June 28th, 2010

June 28, 2010
In major advanced countries — the 31 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development — unemployment stands at 46.5 million people, up about 50 percent since 2007. It’s not just that people lack work. Lengthy unemployment may erode skills, leading to downward mobility or permanent joblessness. But what more can governments do? It’s unclear… Economics has become the shaky science; its intellectual chaos provides context for today’s policy disputes at home and abroad.

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