Findings from the Gary Income Maintenance Experiment: Testimony Before the House Committee on Ways and Means

Testimony
Publisher: Mathematica Policy Research
Oct 11, 1977
Authors
Kenneth Kehrer

Key Findings:

  • Income supplement programs similar to those tested in Gary would result in a decline in work effort if administered on a similar population.
  • The evidence suggests that families would use the payments in ways that make them less dependent in the long run.
The Gary Income Maintenance Experiment, which was conducted between 1971 and 1974, focused on the responses of black families in an urban environment to alternative income supports.