Markets may distribute income in ways which society does not find completely acceptable. For example, some hard working people find themselves in poverty, unable to buy the necessities of life.

Society may try to reduce poverty through government programs, such as welfare. Abuses of the welfare system have resulted in welfare reform.

Frequently Asked Questions About Poverty - from the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin


A Profile of the Working Poor, 1996 - from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, December 1997

Institute for Research on Poverty - at the University of Wisconsin - Madison

Department of Health & Human Services

Administration for Children & Families

What should we do about Social Security?

U.S. Welfare Caseloads Information - from the Administration for Children & Families, DHHS

National Organization for Women (NOW) and Welfare

Welfare Reform: An Analysis of the Issues - Edited by Isabel V. Sawhill, June 1995

Urban Institute

Wisconsin Works - the welfare replacement program for AFDC

Child Welfare

The Green Book - US House Ways and Means Report on Entitlement Programs (You will need to conduct the search described to get Green Book data).

Welfare Reform Resource Project - a public policy initiative of Regent University

Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) Overview - 1994


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