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Welfare And Labor Force Participation Of Low-Wealth Families: Implications For Labor Supply


  • Huffman, Sonya Kostova


This paper examines the welfare and labor force participation of families potentially eligible for the new Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Higher wage rates and lower TANF benefits decrease the probability of welfare participation. For these families labor supply is moderately responsive to the wage.

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  • Huffman, Sonya Kostova, 2001. "Welfare And Labor Force Participation Of Low-Wealth Families: Implications For Labor Supply," 2001 Annual meeting, August 5-8, Chicago, IL 20609, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea01:20609

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