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Making Single Mothers Work: Recent Tax and Welfare Policy and its Effects

  • Meyer, Bruce D.
  • Rosenbaum, Dan T.
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    We describe the enormous changes in social and tax policy in recent years that have encouraged work by single mothers. We document the magnitude and timing of changes in federal and state income taxes, AFDC and Food Stamp benefits, Medicaid, and child care programs. We also describe how these changes differed across groups of states and different types of families. We then examine whether the changes in employment are consistent with a causal effect of these policies on employment, using multiple comparison groups and two datasets over a long time period. We find substantial evidence of large tax effects on employment.

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    Article provided by National Tax Association in its journal National Tax Journal.

    Volume (Year): 53 (2000)
    Issue (Month): n. 4 (December)
    Pages: 1027-62

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    Handle: RePEc:ntj:journl:v:53:y:2000:i:n._4:p:1027-62
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    1. repec:tpr:qjecon:v:116:y:2001:i:3:p:1063-1114 is not listed on IDEAS
    2. N. Eissa & H. W. Hoynes, . "The Earned Income Tax Credit and the Labor Supply of Married Couples," Institute for Research on Poverty Discussion Papers 1194-99, University of Wisconsin Institute for Research on Poverty.
    3. Bruce D. Meyer & Dan T. Rosenbaum, 1999. "Welfare, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and the Labor Supply of Single Mothers," NBER Working Papers 7363, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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