ERIC Number: EJ746497
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
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Welfare Reform, Saving, and Vehicle Ownership: Do Asset Limits and Vehicle Exemptions Matter?
Sullivan, James X.
Journal of Human Resources, v41 n1 p72-105 Win 2006
This paper examines whether AFDC/TANF asset tests affect the asset holdings of low-educated single mothers. Special emphasis is given to vehicle assets that make up a very significant share of total wealth for poor families. Consistent with other recent research, the author finds little evidence that asset limits have an effect on the amount of liquid assets that single mothers hold. However, I find evidence that vehicle exemptions do have an important effect on vehicle assets. Also, the results indicate that single mothers are not substituting vehicle equity for liquid assets in response to more relaxed restrictions on vehicles.
Descriptors: Welfare Services, Ownership, One Parent Family, Mothers, Economically Disadvantaged, Welfare Recipients, Family Financial Resources, Motor Vehicles, Policy Analysis, Community Surveys, Family Attitudes, Inferences
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Aid to Families with Dependent Children