NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

The State of the Safety Net in the Post-Welfare Reform Era

Marianne Bitler, Hilary W. Hoynes

NBER Working Paper No. 16504
Issued in October 2010

---- Acknowledgements -----

We thank David Romer, Justin Wolfers, Sandy Jencks, Bruce Meyer, Rebecca Blank, Karl Scholz, Dan Wilson, Bart Hobijn, Mary Daly, Rob Valletta, and Caroline Danielson; seminar participants at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; and BPEA conference participants for helpful suggestions and Jessamyn Schaller, Danielle Sandler, Ankur Patel, Ted Wiles, and Joyce Kwok for excellent research assistance. We also thank Robert Moffitt, Jim Ziliak, Donna Pavetti, Patty Anderson, Rob Valletta, Don Oellerich, John Kirlin, Caroline Danielson, Paige Shevlin, David Langon, and Katie Fitzpatrick who generously shared data and expertise on administrative and labor market data. The views in this paper are solely the responsibility of the authors and should not be interpreted as reflecting the views of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, or the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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