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Appl Demor. 1989 Summer;4(3):1-7.

The impact of population size and the economy on welfare caseloads: the special case of welfare reform.



The economic recession that occurred in the United States in the early 1980s and its impact on public assistance in Washington state is examined. The emphasis is on the reasons why welfare caseloads increase in times of economic decline and vice versa, and how understanding this relationship can assist in the forecasting of welfare needs. This paper was originally presented at the 1989 Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America (see Population Index, Vol. 55, No. 3, Fall 1989, p. 405).

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