Do Public Assistance Asset Limits Influence Program Costs and Family Financial Security?


The Pew Charitable Trusts and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation invite you to participate in a webinar presenting the latest research on the effects of public assistance program asset limits on states and family finances.

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Experts, advocates, and policymakers have long debated the merits of such asset thresholds. Opponents argue that the limits discourage low-income households from building self-sufficiency through savings, while supporters stress the importance of strict guidelines for efficient allocation of government resources.

Three recent studies—analyzing the effect on program caseloads, state administrative costs, and participant savings when states raised or eliminated asset thresholds—offer new insights to illuminate this ongoing discussion. The webinar will highlight the findings of that research and provide important information for program administrators, state policymakers, practitioners, and advocates. 


Clinton Key, The Pew Charitable Trusts


  • Walter Lake, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Leah Hamilton, Appalachian State University
  • Maureen Pirog, Indiana University
  • Edwin Gerrish, University of South Dakota
  • Lindsey Bullinger, Indiana University

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Event Details

Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017

3:00 - 4:00 PM

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Benny Martinez

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