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WIC Could Do More for the Very Poor, Says Study

In Rethinking WIC, Douglas J. Besharov and Peter Germanis analyze the research on the effectiveness of the Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants, and Children. Their assessment challenges the conventional wisdom that WIC is a uniquely successful program and demonstrates that many of the claims about WICís effectiveness are misleading exaggerations. Besharov and Germanis do not argue that WIC should be abandoned but that policymakers should undertake a sustained effort to make the program more effective.

Read Rethinking WIC to understand WICís strengths and weaknesses — and to learn about the six programmatic reforms and four research priorities the authors recommend.

Rethinking WIC: An Evaluation of the Women, Infants, and Children Program
By Douglas J. Besharov and Peter Germanis

Published by the AEI Press, 179 pages
ISBN 0-8447-4149-3, paper, $17.00
ISBN 0-8447-4148-5, cloth, $35.00