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A Migration Study of Mother's Work, Welfare Participation, and Child Development


  • Haiyong Liu


This paper investigates how women's migration and labor supply behaviors respond to changes in welfare policies and labor market conditions, controlling for endogenous initial residence and unobserved heterogeneity. It also traces out how these responses influence educational inputs and child outcomes. The simulation results show that poor and low-educated single women with children do change their residential locations in response to changes in welfare policies and labor market conditions. The magnitude of this response in the form of migration is rather modest. More importantly, however, such policy changes often have large and important impacts on particular at-risk groups. Copyright 2008 The Author.

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  • Haiyong Liu, 2008. "A Migration Study of Mother's Work, Welfare Participation, and Child Development," LABOUR, CEIS, vol. 22(1), pages 23-71, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:labour:v:22:y:2008:i:1:p:23-71

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    1. Walker, J.R., 1994. "Migration Among Low-Income Households: Helpmg the Witch Doctors Reach Consensus," Working papers 9423, Wisconsin Madison - Social Systems.
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