SIRN Poverty, Income Distribution & Income Assistance eJournal
Editors: Peter Edelman and Timothy Smeeding
Georgetown University and University of Wisconsin-Madison

This eJournal distributes working and accepted paper abstracts on topics related to income distribution, poverty and income assistance. Papers are invited from any discipline and may cover such topics as: adequacy of benefits, coverage and financing of support programs, interstate comparisons, and comparative analyses of systems of income support. Papers evaluating the impacts of social programs and policies which are universal; contributory (e.g. payroll tax financed social insurance); or targeted (via income or means tests) are welcome. Also programs aimed at improving the social and economic status of families and children, persons with disabilities, and the elderly are invited. Measures of well-being affected by programs and policies might include income status, poverty status, social exclusion or inclusion, and broader measures of well-being including happiness.

Programmatically, and from a United States perspective, these would include Supplemental Security Income, Temporary Assistance to Families with Needy Children, the Earned Income Tax Credit, Food Stamps, individual development accounts, Medicaid and other federal, state or local systems designed to ensure adequate economic resources for low-income individuals and families. In other nations these programs would be alternatively classified as universal, social insurance and income support (social assistance).

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SIRN Poverty, Income Distribution & Income Assistance eJournal Advisory Board
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Editors: Peter Edelman and Timothy Smeeding
Georgetown University and University of Wisconsin-Madison


Maria Cancian

Sheldon Danziger

Janet C. Gornick

Robert Haveman

Fernando Torres-Gil

Sheila Zedlewski

Robert Greenstein

James Ziliak