The 12th Anniversary of Welfare Reform: What Do We Know About Time Limits?

Source: MDRC, August 15, 2008

This month marks the 12th anniversary of the federal welfare reform law, a turning point in the political debate about shifting public assistance toward a system of temporary support with a focus on moving recipients into work. One of the most controversial features of the law was the imposition of time limits on benefit receipt. What have we learned about the effects of time limits since then?
See also:
Welfare Time Limits: An Update on State Policies, Implementation, and Effects on Families
Source: Mary Farrell, Sarah Rich, Lesley Turner, David Seith, and Dan Bloom, MDRC, April 2008

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