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Work, Welfare, and Child Maltreatment

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  • Christina Paxson

    (Princeton University and National Bureau of Economic Research)

  • Jane Waldfogel

    (Columbia University and London School of Economics)

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We examine how child maltreatmentincluding neglect, physical and sexual abuse, and other forms of maltreatmentis affected by parental economic circumstances. Using state-level panel data on cases of maltreatment and numbers of children in foster care, we find that increases in the fractions of children with absent fathers and working mothers in a state are related to increases in many measures of maltreatment, as are increases in the share of families with two nonworking parents and those with incomes below 75% of the poverty line. Decreases in state welfare benefit levels are associated with increases in foster care placement.

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  • Christina Paxson & Jane Waldfogel, 2002. "Work, Welfare, and Child Maltreatment," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 20(3), pages 435-474, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jlabec:v:20:y:2002:i:3:p:435-474
    DOI: 10.1086/339609
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