How an earnings supplement can affect union formation among low-income single mothers.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Using data from an experimental evaluation in two Canadian provinces, we found that offering an earnings supplement to single mothers in place of welfare altered rates of marriage and cohabitation, but that the direction of the effects varied by province. Our findings suggest that research on the relationship between women's economic well-being and marital decisions at the national level is likely to mask important variation at the local level. After eliminating several explanations for the opposite effects in the two provinces, we propose that local labor markets and local policy contexts are potentially important mediating characteristics of marriage and cohabitation.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Harknett, K; Gennetian, LA

Published Date

  • August 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 40 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 451 - 478

PubMed ID

  • 12962058

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1533-7790

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0070-3370

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1353/dem.2003.0024


  • eng