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Unintended consequences of welfare reform for children with single parents: a theoretical analysis

Francesconi, Marco and Rainer, Helmut and van der Klaauw, Wilbert (2015) 'Unintended consequences of welfare reform for children with single parents: a theoretical analysis.' Review of Economics of the Household, 13 (3). pp. 709-733. ISSN 1569-5239

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Abstract

This paper formulates a model to examine the effects of changes in tax-benefit policy on the behavior of divorced parents and the well-being of children in single-parent households. Noncustodial parents choose the level of a child support payment to transfer to custodians. These, in turn, decide over child good expenditures and the allocation of time between market work and parenting. Our main finding shows that welfare policies that subsidize childcare expenditures or reduce withdrawal rates, which are most certainly intended to improve the conditions of working single parents and their children, could actually have the reverse effect.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Divorced parents; Tax-benefit policy; Child care; Child support
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2015 10:19
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 11:07
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/12220

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