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Full Study: Disincentives for Work and Marriage in Georgia’s Welfare System

Based on the most recent 2015 data, this report provides an in-depth look at the welfare cliffs across the state of Georgia. A computer model was created to demonstrate how welfare programs, alone or in combination with other programs, create multiple welfare cliffs for recipients that punish work. In addition to covering a dozen programs – more than any previous model – the tool used to produce the following report allows users to see how the welfare cliff affects individuals and families with very specific characteristics, including the age and sex of the parent, number of children, age of children, income, and other variables. Welfare reform conversations often lack a complete understanding of just how means-tested programs actually inflict harm on some of the neediest within our state’s communities.

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Paper 1: Disincentives for Work and Marriage in Georgia’s Welfare System (Revised)

Paper 2: Deep Red Valleys

Paper 3: Georgia Welfare System Reference Guide