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New book on rural welfare reform

Rural Dimensions of Welfare Reform

Bruce A. Weber, Oregon State University
Greg J. Duncan, Northwestern University
Leslie A. Whitener, U.S. Department of Agriculture,

The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) dramatically
altered the social safety net for poor Americans. But there is reason to believe that welfare reform
outcomes may be different for many of the 7.5 million people living in poverty in rural areas. This
volume presents the first comprehensive analysis of PRWORA’s impact on caseloads, employment,
earnings, and food assistance in rural areas. It is the result of a conference – held in May of 2000 –
that was jointly sponsored by the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture,
the Northwestern University/University of Chicago Joint Center for Poverty Research, and the Rural
Policy Research Institute, with funding from USDA’s Food Assistance and Nutrition Research

490 pp.
$45 cloth
ISBN 0-88099-240-9
$27 pbk.
ISBN 0-88099-239-5
June 2002


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