Neoliberalism provided the rationale for reviewing public assistance with unintended effects. In anticipation of the 1996 welfare reform, state welfare waivers provided a verdant environment for assessing alternatives to Aid to Families with Dependent Children. Field experiments became the default to determine program efficacy and efficiency. Subsequently, research demonstrated that “work first” was superior to “human capital development” strategies. Virtually all of the research on welfare waivers was conducted by private research firms. Welfare reform had two undesirable consequences: diverting cash from welfare families to professional service providers and denying benefits for families unable to make the transition from welfare to work.
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