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Bennett, Neil G.; Lu, Hsien-Hen – 2001
Noting that a key challenge for policymakers and others who are concerned about the well-being of children and families is how to develop and improve policies that reward work and help low-income working families increase their earnings, this research brief examines the current and potential impact of state earned income credits (EICs) as a means…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Child Welfare, Children, Family Financial Resources
Whitener, Leslie A.; Duncan, Greg J.; Weber, Bruce A. – 2002
In May 2000, a conference on the rural dimensions of welfare reform and food assistance policy brought together researchers, welfare policy experts, and rural scholars. This issue brief summarizes some major findings of the conference and suggests future policy options to better address the differing needs of rural and urban families. Between 1994…
Descriptors: Employment Patterns, Poverty, Public Policy, Rural Areas
Coontz, Stephanie; Folbre, Nancy – 2002
Marriage offers important social and economic benefits. Well-designed public policies could play a constructive role in helping couples develop the skills needed to develop healthy, sustainable relationships with each other and their children. It does not follow, however, that marriage promotion should be a significant component of anti-poverty…
Descriptors: Employed Parents, Employed Women, Employment Patterns, Employment Problems
Jobs for the Future, Boston, MA. – 2002
Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) needs to focus more directly on what happens in the workplace and consider the needs of employers. Employers identify skill levels of both job applicants and employees as a major obstacle to employing and retaining TANF recipients and other entry-level workers as well as the cost of entry-level…
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Agency Cooperation, Basic Skills, Business Cycles