How to design the perfect welfare system

For stingy countries, public works programs tend to be more effective than just handing out cash. The operative word, of course, is "tend".

By Dylan Matthews January 7, 2013

Introducing Ad Watch

We at Wonkblog thought it'd be worthwhile to highlight new videos and check how accurate the candidates and third party groups are being about the policies being debated.

By Dylan Matthews August 20, 2012

Welfare reform’s architect: You call that a gutting?

In sum, Ron Haskins says, "The Republican alarm on welfare reform might be a little exaggerated." Coming from one of the architects of the reform, that should cast some doubt on Romney's attacks.

By Dylan Matthews August 7, 2012

The Obama administration fires back on welfare

In 2005, a group of 29 Republican governors sent Senate Majority Leader Bill First a letter arguing for state welfare waivers more expansive than those being issued by the Obama administration.

By Dylan Matthews July 19, 2012

Is Obama gutting welfare reform?

To hear conservatives tell it, the Obama administration is using its executive power to effectively repeal the Clinton administration's signature welfare reform law. One man's gutting is another man's tweaking, but one thing that's for sure is that the Obama administration is not removing the bill's work requirements at all. He's changing them to allow states more flexibility.

By Dylan Matthews July 17, 2012