Accession Number : ADA187995

Title :   Welfare: Income and Relative Poverty Status of AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children) Families.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC HUMAN RESOURCES DIV

PDF Url : ADA187995

Report Date : 04 Nov 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 65

Abstract : This report presents information on the amounts and sources of income for families receiving Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC); how the income from the various sources affects their total incomes; and their economic status compared to the poverty line and other welfare and nonwelfare families. It also summarizes the difficulties in making such determinations because of uncertainty about the accuracy of the poverty line and unresolved concerns about the Bureau of the Census's experimental techniques for valuing in-kind benefits. Though there have been recent policy debates about income levels, data on families' total incomes that include the value of in-kind benefits do not exist in any usable form. Thus, Senator William V. Roth, Jr., asked GAO to determine the income sources, amounts, and relative poverty status of AFDC families, and the implications of these results for federal welfare policy.

Descriptors :   *INCOME, *POLICIES, *SOCIAL WELFARE, ACCURACY, CHILDREN, EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN, METHODOLOGY, SOURCES, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, FAMILY MEMBERS

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE