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Welfare Transfers in Two-Parent Families: Labor Supply and Welfare Participation under AFDC-UP

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This paper examines the effect of cash transfers and food stamp benefits on welfare participation and the labor supply of husbands and wives in two-parent families. The estimates are used to determine the magnitude of the work disincentive effects of the Aid to Families with Dependent Children Unemployed Parent (AFDC-UP) program, and to simulate the effects of changes in AFDC-UP benefit and eligibility rules on family labor supply and welfare participation. The results suggest that labor supply and welfare participation among two-parent families are highly responsive to changes in the benefit structure under the AFDC-UP program. Copyright 1996 by The Econometric Society.

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  • Hoynes, Hilary Williamson, 1996. "Welfare Transfers in Two-Parent Families: Labor Supply and Welfare Participation under AFDC-UP," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 64(2), pages 295-332, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecm:emetrp:v:64:y:1996:i:2:p:295-332
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    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs

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