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Abstract

During the past 20 years, social welfare programs have been expanding both in terms of federal and state expenditures, and in terms of numbers of recipients. Among the programs involved in this expansion were Aid to Families with Dependent Children, Food Stamps, and Medicaid. However, knowledge of the sheer numbers of people and dollars involved provides at best an incomplete picture of these social welfare programs. The researcher, policy planner, and government administrator must also have an understanding of who is at risk of utilizing welfare in the general population. Such knowledge may provide insight into the present and future implications of policy changes. Therefore, the purpose of this research note is to provide a detailed analysis of the percentage of the population, broken down by demographic characteristics, involved in the Aid to Families with Dependent Children, Food Stamp, and/or Medicaid programs.

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