ERIC Number: ED443940
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
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The Effect of Welfare Reform on the Incomes and Earnings of Low-Income Families: Evidence from the Current Population Survey.
Connolly, Laura S.
An important question related to welfare reform is: "What has happened to the earnings and incomes of families who were receiving public assistance when the new policies took effect?" This question is addressed by examining the impacts of early state-level welfare waivers on the earnings and income growth of welfare recipients. Analysis of a detailed nationally representative data set (the Current Population Survey), shows that early work-related welfare reforms generally did not increase the earnings of welfare recipients, with minor exceptions, and that waivers often had a negative, but small, effect on the incomes of welfare recipients. In addition, waivers appear to have had a less detrimental effect on rural than on urban recipients. This is an interesting finding in light of research that shows that rural employment and earnings generally lag behind those in urban areas. It suggests that even though rural residents face greater barriers to employment, welfare reform has a smaller marginal effect on rural recipients. (Contains 4 tables and 21 references.) (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: Census Figures, Income, Low Income Groups, Public Policy, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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