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Center for Comparative Family Welfare and Poverty Research: Projects

Comparative Study of Child Abuse Reporting Systems and Placement Trends

This project is intended to further our understanding of the social policies and institutional arrangements that frame societal responses to problems of child abuse in the United States and Europe. We learn through comparison. In analyzing the ways that different countries organize their efforts to deal with child abuse, the project provides alternative perspectives on how the problem is defined and an expanded view of policy options and social services designed to protect children.

Neil Gilbert is the Principal Investigator and funding was provided by the Conrad Hilton Foundation.

For related materials see Gilbert, N., (Ed.) (1997). Combating Child Abuse: International Perspectives on Reporting Systems and Trends. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Privatization and Targeting: Trends in Social Security

This study analyzes several trends in the changing structure of social security in the United States and their impact on the elderly in different income groups. The trends examined include: the shifting public/private mix, declining replacement rates, and targeting by age.

Neil Gilbert is the Principal Investigator and funding was provided by Milton & Gertrude Chernin Chair in Social Welfare.

For a related report see Gilbert, N., & Park, N-H. (1996). Privatization, provision, and targeting: Trends and policy implications. International Social Security Review, 49.