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The Welfare Enigma: Explaining the Dramatic Decline in Canadians' Use of Social Assistance, 1993-2005

  • Ross Finnie

    (University of Ottawa)

  • Ian Irvine

    (Concordia University)

What accounts for the truly remarkable drop in welfare dependency in Canada since the early 1990s? The authors provide a nationwide empirical analysis of the underlying factors, and draw implications for policymakers.

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Volume (Year): (2008)
Issue (Month): 267 (June)
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