Welfare policy the public safety net in american economic history

Samuel K. Allen, Jonathan Fox, Brendan Livingston, Price V. Fishback

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Abstract

The expansion of the safety net in the United States was one of the major changes in the economy in the twentieth century. The public safety net evolved from poverty relief programs run by local governments and private charities to a much larger system dominated by social insurance programs run by different mixtures of the federal and state governments. These included such social insurance programs as Social Security, workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, and disability insurance, as well as the public assistance programs that are commonly described as welfare programs. This chapter surveys the work done by economic historians on how and why the US safety net expanded during the formative years of the early twentieth century and the impact of those changes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of American Economic History
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages447-474
Number of pages28
Volume2
ISBN (Electronic)9780190882624
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • Charity
  • Economy
  • Government
  • Poverty relief
  • Public assistance
  • Safety net
  • Social insurance
  • Unemployment insurance
  • Welfare
  • Workers’ compensation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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    Allen, S. K., Fox, J., Livingston, B., & Fishback, P. V. (2018). Welfare policy the public safety net in american economic history. In The Oxford Handbook of American Economic History (Vol. 2, pp. 447-474). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190882624.013.18