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Child Care in the Wake of Welfare Reform: The Impact of Government Subsidies on the Economic Well-Being of Single-Mother Families

Marcia K. Meyers; Wen-Jui Han; Jane Waldfogel; Irwin Garfinkel

Title:
Child Care in the Wake of Welfare Reform: The Impact of Government Subsidies on the Economic Well-Being of Single-Mother Families
Author(s):
Meyers, Marcia K.
Han, Wen-Jui
Waldfogel, Jane
Garfinkel, Irwin
Date:
Type:
Articles
Department:
Social Work
Volume:
75
Permanent URL:
Book/Journal Title:
Social Service Review
Abstract:
Using microsimulation techniques to estimate the impact of welfare reform in New York, we find that 5 years after federal and state reforms child-care use and costs will rise substantially and families will bear most of these costs. When family incomes are adjusted for child-care costs, most single-mother families will continue to be poor even with greater earnings, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and food stamps. The distribution of child-care costs between government and families, and the implications for poverty, will depend on the extent to which government subsidizes the child-care costs of single mothers.
Subject(s):
Economics
Individual and family studies
Publisher DOI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/591881
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