Welfare Policy, Language Group and the Duration of Lone Motherhood Spells
The duration of spells of lone motherhood has important consequences for the economic well being of the members of such families and the cost of social programs. We use a large sample of linked income tax records to estimate a competing risk model of the impact of welfare benefits, language group, and other demographic characteristics on the likelihood of an exit to both marital and common law unions. We also consider the economic consequences of exits from motherhood to such unions.
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