ERIC Number: ED413469
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Feb-22
Reference Count: N/A
Making Work Pay: The Real Employment Opportunities of Single Mothers' Participating in the AFDC Program.
The question of whether recipients of Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) can reasonably be expected to work full time year-round given their available employment opportunities and living conditions was examined in a ongoing study. The study used the U.S. Bureau of the Census' Survey of Income and Program Participation to develop a sample of single mothers receiving AFDC for at least 2 months out of 24 survey months. The sample, which included 1,181 women, was selected to represent 2.8 million single mothers. The study's main findings were as follows: (1) a sizable portion of AFDC recipients already work for substantial hours, combining paid employment with AFDC; (2) although they have more education, job training, and work experience than nonemployed AFDC recipients, those AFDC recipients who do work are employed in low-wage, sporadic service sector jobs; and (3) if AFDC is to be time limited, many AFDC recipients will lose an important share of their families' income. It was concluded that if AFDC is made a time-limited program, the unemployment insurance program will need to be restructured to increase current AFDC recipients' eligibility. (Appended is information about the sample population women combining work and welfare.) (MN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Women's Policy Research, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Aid to Families with Dependent Children