Family Well-Being, Public Policy, and Economic Growth: Lessons from History and Insights for the Future
September 19, 2006 ~ A Policy Education Seminar
Views about social welfare policy are shaped by assumptions about what works, what we as a nation can afford, and how the economy responds to policy. Given rapid changes in the U.S. economy and the growing national debt, how should we think about raising and spending taxpayers' dollars for the social safety net? What does history tell us about tradeoffs between universal and targeted, or mean-tested, benefit programs for families? And equally important, what are the implications for economic growth of different choices about the shape and size of the tax system that supports the safety net? Is there a common base of facts upon which our nation's leaders can develop an enduring vision to guide social welfare policy?