ERIC Number: ED469813
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Marriage Promotion and Low-Income Communities: An Examination of Real Needs and Real Solutions. Briefing Paper.
Much of the discussion surrounding marriage promotion policies have little basis in the reality of life in low-income communities. Research suggests that much of the income differential between low-income and middle class women is the result of differences in educational attainment, labor market experience, and access to labor supply rather than to marital status. Many low-income mothers indicate that marriage can actually reduce their well-being if their potential spouse cannot add to the economic viability of the household. The following policies would significantly improve the economic well-being of single-parent families: (1) eliminate the cap on the number of families that could receive education and training activities counted as work; (2) remove the 12-month time limit on vocational training; (3) give states the flexibility to provide assistance to those participating in education and training programs; (4) increase the earned income tax credit and earned income disregards; and (5) provide full funding for child care subsidies. Several studies have questioned the role of marriage in the different outcomes and life chances of children. The literature emphasizes the importance of providing adequate job opportunities for single mothers so that their economic stability and, ultimately, the well-being of their children can be improved. (Contains 24 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Children, Educational Attainment, Educational Benefits, Employed Women, Family Financial Resources, Family Income, Family Problems, Family Programs, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Low Income, Marital Status, Marriage, Middle Class, One Parent Family, Outcomes of Education, Policy Formation, Position Papers, Poverty Areas, Predictor Variables, Public Policy, Quality of Life, Salary Wage Differentials, Socioeconomic Status, Tax Credits, Welfare Recipients, Work Experience, Working Poor
For full text: http://www.iwpr.org/pdf/d450.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ms. Foundation for Women.; Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Flint, MI.; David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.
Authoring Institution: Institute for Women's Policy Research, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Earned Income Tax Credit; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families