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Bitler and Hoynes featured in the Washington Post

Is it time to reform welfare reform?

Research on welfare reform by UC Davis Economics Professor Marianne Bitler and former UC Davis (and current UC Berkeley) Professor Hilary Hoynes was recently featured in the Washington Post.  The Post editorial calls for revisiting the Bill Clinton era welfare reform legislation in light of the lessons revealed by academic research on its impacts.  "As it happens, welfare reform is one of the most intensively studied policy changes of recent history," notes the editorial. “A broad summary of that voluminous literature,” write economists Marianne Bitler and Hilary Hoynes, “is that welfare reform contributed to a significant reduction in welfare participation and an increase in female employment, with little consistent evidence that reform led to an increase (or decrease) in poverty or a worsening of (or improvement in) child well-being.”