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The Effect of Migration on Earnings and Welfare Benefit Receipt

  • Isaac C. Rischall
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    This paper analyzes the outcomes of single mothers who move. I find that the earnings of single mother movers decline sharply relative to stayers in the years before moving. Based on this evidence, I propose a model in which individuals migrate in order to break away from persistent negative earnings shocks. On average, the wage earner migrants increase their expected earnings and income nineteen percent by migrating. Of the women who primarily receive welfare benefits, most change their earnings and income little by migrating.

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    Paper provided by McMaster University in its series Canadian International Labour Network Working Papers with number 28.

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    Length: 38 pages
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    Handle: RePEc:mcm:cilnwp:28
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    1. McCall, B P & McCall, J J, 1987. "A Sequential Study of Migration and Job Search," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 5(4), pages 452-76, October.
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    10. Blank, Rebecca M., 1988. "The effect of welfare and wage levels on the location decisions of female-headed households," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 24(2), pages 186-211, September.
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