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Mentor: Donna Ginther

Underfunded and Under Attack: The Impact of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and the Subsequent Effect on Child Poverty In 2015, there were close to 15 million children living at or below the poverty line, almost double the number of children in poverty in 2000. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) serves millions of needy children every year, and yet, its numerous and varied state-specific policies are barely understood. Furthermore, lawfully residing immigrants are often barred from receiving TANF. My research examines how state social safety net policy changes that coincided with the Great Recession led to a doubling of child poverty since 2000.

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