The Effect of Economic Stability on Family Stability among Welfare Recipients
Alisa C. Lewin
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Alisa C. Lewin: University of Haifa and University of Chicago
Evaluation Review, 2005, vol. 29, issue 3, 223-240
The main rationale for defining two-parent families eligible for welfare was to keep families intact by eliminating an incentive for union dissolution. But there are other reasons for family instability, most notably womenâ€™s reduced economic gain from marriage associated with having a chronically unemployed husband. This article explores the hypothesis that husbandâ€™s unemployment increases union dissolution among welfare recipients. The analysis uses data from Californiaâ€™s Link-Up demonstration project. A discrete-time event-history methodology was employed to examine family instability. The findings show that husbandâ€™s unemployment and the familyâ€™s long-term welfare dependency lead to breakup, net of race, age, and number of children.
Keywords: poverty; divorce; welfare; AFDC; Link-Up (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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