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Informal Child Support Contributions in Black Female-Headed Families


  • Terry-Ann Craigie



Key reforms to child support enforcement have aimed at increasing formal child support awards, levels and receipts. However, the role of child support contributions outside the formal child support system has been largely ignored. This study draws critical attention to these informal child support contributions, with chief focus on informal child support receipts of Black mothers. The study finds that Black mothers are significantly more likely to receive informal cash and in-kind child support contributions relative to other mothers, especially when non-resident fathers are also Black. Copyright Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2012

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  • Terry-Ann Craigie, 2012. "Informal Child Support Contributions in Black Female-Headed Families," The Review of Black Political Economy, Springer;National Economic Association, vol. 39(2), pages 259-265, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:blkpoe:v:39:y:2012:i:2:p:259-265 DOI: 10.1007/s12114-011-9115-1

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    1. Laurie J. Bassi & Robert I. Lerman, 1996. "Reducing the child support welfare disincentive problem," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 15(1), pages 89-96.
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