This paper, using government statistics, describes state-level variation in ADC/AFDC benefits from 1940-1995. The findings illustrate that the "race to the bottom" began in 1975, especially among higher paying states. The concomitant declines in benefit value relative to the poverty line places TANF-dependent recipients in serious jeopardy. Implications for education and advocacy are discussed.
Wexler and Engel, Rafael J.
"Historical Trends in State-Level ADC/AFDC Benefits: Living on Less and Less,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 26
, Article 4.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol26/iss2/4