The Evolution of the Social Safety Net — Change for the Better?

IPR Policy Briefing

Supported with funding from the Joyce Foundation

Major components of the United States’ Social Safety Net — from welfare to Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare — have been radically transformed, some expanded and others reduced, over the past decades. Millions of Americans depend on various programs of this “Net” to lead productive and healthy lives, but are these programs living up to their potential? Come join our three experts as they present some of their recent research on different aspects of public assistance.


Therese McGuire (Moderator), IPR Faculty Fellow, Professor of Management and Strategy at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Panelists and Presentations

“Evaluating TANF: What Did (or Didn't) Welfare Reform Accomplish?”

by Rebecca M. Blank, Dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Henry Carter Adams Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, and Professor of Economics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; co-editor of The New World of Welfare (Brookings Press, 2001).

“The Changing Role of Medicaid: From Babies to Boomers and Beyond”

by Leemore Dafny, IPR Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor of Management and Strategy, Kellogg, Northwestern University

“The Increased Role of SSI in Addressing Child Poverty”

by Melissa S. Kearney, Fellow, Economic Studies, Brookings Institution

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Monday, December 5
12:00-1:30 p.m.

Kellogg School of Management, Wieboldt Hall
Northwestern University
340 E. Superior St., 4th floor