Child care subsidies and employment behavior among very-low-income populations in three states

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Using merged administrative data from welfare reform evaluations in three states, we estimate the effects of child care subsidy use on the length of time it takes for a welfare applicant to move into substantial employment. Findings show that the use of a child care subsidy during an unemployed or marginally employed spell of welfare receipt is associated with between a 0.6 and 1.7 quarter (or 11% to 34%) reduction in the time to substantial employment in two of the three state samples. The positive influence of subsidy use on transitions to substantial employment is strongest for those welfare applicants with the lowest earnings who are mixing welfare and work prior to subsidy receipt. © 2006 by The Policy Studies Organization. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cochi Ficano, CK; Gennetian, LA; Morris, PA

Published Date

  • May 1, 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 23 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 681 - 698

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1541-1338

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1541-132X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1541-1338.2006.00223.x

Citation Source

  • Scopus