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How do EITC recipients spend their refunds?

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  • Andrew Goodman-Bacon
  • Leslie McGranahan
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    The authors determine what items are purchased using the earned income tax credit (EITC)—one of the largest sources of public support for lower-income working families in the U.S. They find that recipient households’ EITC payments are used primarily for vehicle purchases and transportation spending, both of which are crucial to job access and consistent with the EITC’s prowork goals.

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    Article provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in its journal Economic Perspectives.

    Volume (Year): (2008)
    Issue (Month): Q II ()
    Pages: 17-32

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    Handle: RePEc:fip:fedhep:y:2008:i:qii:p:17-32:n:v.32no.2

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    Keywords: Earned income tax credit ; Durable goods; Consumer;

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    1. Jeffrey Grogger, 2003. "The Effects of Time Limits, the EITC, and Other Policy Changes on Welfare Use, Work, and Income among Female-Headed Families," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 85(2), pages 394-408, May.
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    1. Dutko, Paula & Ver Ploeg, Michele & Farrigan, Tracey L., 2012. "Retail Wastelands: Characteristics and Influential Factors of Food Deserts," 2012 AAEA/EAAE Food Environment Symposium, May 30-31, Boston, MA 123201, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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