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Race, Poverty, and Domestic Policy$
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C. Henry

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300095418

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300095418.001.0001

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How Much More Can They Work?

How Much More Can They Work?

Setting Realistic Expectations for Welfare Mothers

(p.583) 20 How Much More Can They Work?
Race, Poverty, and Domestic Policy

LaDonna Pavetti

Yale University Press

This chapter examines comparative work experiences of welfare recipients and nonrecipients prior to the implementation of work-related reforms. It estimates the amount of additional work that welfare mothers may be expected to do, highlights the differences that would likely affect their employment prospects, and examines the characteristics of welfare mothers based on their labor force attachment. The chapter uses data obtained from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) to construct complete employment and welfare histories for a cohort of women over a ten-year period, from age 18 to age 27.

Keywords:   welfare recipients, work-related reforms, welfare mothers, employment prospects, labor force, National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, NLSY

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