Policy Intervention and Poverty in Rural America
In this paper, authors Hema Swaminathan and Jill L. Findeis of the RUPRI Rural Poverty Research Center attempt to explore interactions between welfare reform, employment growth and poverty rates across all U.S. counties for the period 1989 to 1999. What is the relationship between family assistance payments and employment rates at the county level? How does a changing employment rate affect poverty? Are these relationships similar across metro and nonmetro counties? These are the key questions that motivate this research.