Steven B. Garasky

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In 1993, Iowa obtained a waiver to enact many of the key provisions of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) in its welfare assistance and initiated the Iowa Family Investment Program (FIP). We use Iowa state administrative data for the period 1993-95 and study why some low-income households successfully leave public assistance while others who(More)
This paper examines welfare participation dynamics during 1993–96, the initial years of Iowa's welfare reform, a reform remarkably similar to the state's current Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Analyses of the Family Investment Program (FIP) participation over the program's first two years show that, on average, FIP recipients stayed(More)
Helen Jensen is a professor of economics and head of the Food and Nutrition Policy Division, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development; Steven Garasky is an associate professor of human development; Cory Wessman is a former graduate assistant, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development; and Sarah Nusser is an associate professor of statistics; all at(More)
The primary objective of the Iowa Centenarian Study is to further our understanding of determinants of exceptional longevity above and beyond health outcomes, particularly in rural environments. This introductory article provides a general overview of the study, its methodology and basic descriptive results. One hundred and fifty-two centenarians from a(More)
Much information is available about physical and functional health among very old adults, but little knowledge exists about the mental health and mental health changes in very late life. This study reports findings concerning positive and negative affect changes among centenarians. Nineteen centenarians from a Midwestern state participated in four(More)
Facilitating healthy eating among young people, particularly among minorities who are at high risk for gaining excess weight, is at the forefront of the current policy discussions in the U.S. We investigate the effects of social interactions and relative prices on fruit and vegetable consumption by African American youths. We estimate a simultaneous(More)
This paper examines welfare participation dynamics during 1993–96, the initial years of Iowa's welfare reform, a reform remarkably similar to the state's current Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Analyses of the Family Investment Program (FIP) participation over the program's first two years show that, on average, FIP recipients stayed(More)
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