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Rural--Urban Differences in Childcare Subsidy Use and Employment Stability


  • Elizabeth E. Davis
  • Deana Grobe
  • Roberta B. Weber


Local economic disparities, particularly lower average wages, higher overall unemployment rates and higher poverty rates may lead to rural--urban differences in the use of public programs designed to support working low-income families. This study analyzes the dynamics of program participation and employment stability for rural and urban families in the Oregon childcare subsidy program. While families' demographic characteristics, employment stability, and participation in work support programs were similar, families in rural noncore counties tended to make less use of public assistance, including childcare subsidies, food stamps and welfare, than did families in metropolitan and micropolitan counties. Copyright 2010, Oxford University Press.

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  • Elizabeth E. Davis & Deana Grobe & Roberta B. Weber, 2010. "Rural--Urban Differences in Childcare Subsidy Use and Employment Stability," Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 32(1), pages 135-153.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:apecpp:v:32:y:2010:i:1:p:135-153

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    1. Deana Grobe & Elizabeth E. Davis & Ellen K. Scott & Roberta B. Weber, 2017. "Using Policy-Relevant Administrative Data in Mixed Methods: A Study of Employment Instability and Parents’ Use of Child Care Subsidies," Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Springer, vol. 38(1), pages 146-162, March.
    2. Lipscomb, Shannon T. & Lewis, Kendra M. & Masyn, Katherine E. & Meloy, Mary Elizabeth, 2012. "Child care assistance for families involved in the child welfare system: Predicting child care subsidy use and stability," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 34(12), pages 2454-2463.

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