Welfare-to-Work Program Benefits and Costs – A Synthesis of Research

Source: David Greenberg, Victoria Deitch, and Gayle Hamilton, MRDC, February 2009

Most welfare programs seek to ensure that poor families have adequate income while at the same time encouraging self-sufficiency. Based on studies of 28 programs involving more than 100,000 sample members, this synthesis compares the costs, benefits, and returns on investment of six welfare program strategies — from the perspectives of participants, government budgets, and society as a whole.
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