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Effects of Welfare Participation on Marriage

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  • Julien O. Teitler

    (Columbia University)

  • Nancy E. Reichman

    (Robert Wood Johnson Medical School)

  • Lenna Nepomnyaschy

    (Columbia University)

  • Irwin Garfinkel

    (Columbia University)

Abstract

Despite interest in the potential of the welfare system as a tool to affect marriage behaviors among low-income women, little is known about how welfare participation affects decisions to marry. We employ an event history approach to examine transitions to marriage over a five-year period among mothers who have had a non-marital birth. We find that welfare participation under the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program (TANF) reduces the likelihood of transitioning to marriage (hazard ratio is .67, p

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  • Julien O. Teitler & Nancy E. Reichman & Lenna Nepomnyaschy & Irwin Garfinkel, 2006. "Effects of Welfare Participation on Marriage," Working Papers 933, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Center for Research on Child Wellbeing..
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