ERIC Number: ED448268
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Working and Earning: The Impact of Parents' Fair Share on Low-Income Fathers' Employment.
Martinez, John M.; Miller, Cynthia
A study researched effects of the Parents' Fair Share (PFS) program on employment and earnings. In exchange for cooperation with the child support system, PFS offered services designed to help low-income noncustodial fathers (NCFs) find better and more stable jobs, become more involved and better parents, and pay support on a consistent basis. PFS effects were estimated for the full sample of fathers using data from the unemployment insurance (UI) system and for a subsample of fathers using data from a survey administered one year after entering PFS. Survey data described characteristics and circumstances of low-income fathers eligible for PFS. Results indicated that many fathers had unstable living arrangements; half did not complete high school; the majority had been arrested; a sizable proportion did not work in the year during which they were observed; and those who worked had fairly low earnings. UI and survey data presented PFS effects on fathers' employment and earnings. Findings were that PFS did not significantly increase employment or earnings during the two years after NCFs entered the project; it increased earnings among men who were "less employable"; and for more-employable men, PFS had little effect on average earnings and somewhat reduced employment among those in part-time, lower-wage jobs. (Appendixes contain survey response analysis, participation rate by sites, and 14 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Child Custody, Child Support, Child Welfare, Demonstration Programs, Employment, Employment Programs, Fathers, Income, Low Income Groups, National Programs, One Parent Family, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Responsibility, Unemployment
Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, 16 East 34 Street, New York, New York 10016, Tel: 212-532-3200, Web site: http://www.mdrc.org ($12). For full text: http://www.mdrc.org/Reports2000/Parents'FairShare/PFS-Working&Ear nings.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.; Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.; Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Department of Labor, Washington, DC.; Smith Richardson Foundation, Inc., Greensboro, NC.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, MN.; Northwest Area Foundation, St. Paul, MN.
Authoring Institution: Manpower Demonstration Research Corp., New York, NY.