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Title:Disability benefits: A substitute for income support for single mothers with no qualifications in the UK PDF Logo
Authors:Soobedar, Zeenat
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:Working Paper // School of Economics and Finance, Queen Mary, University of London 657
Abstract:This paper examines the impact of the age-eligibility rule establishing automatic withdrawal of Income Support for single mothers whose youngest child turns 16 on the disability benefits welfare participation decision of single mothers with no qualifications in the UK. Using the age discontinuity in Income Support program assignment, the study reveals that these single mothers are 4.2 percentage points more likely to claim health benefits as their youngest child turns 16, consistent with a theoretical model of benefits choice. More than a quarter of single mothers who were initially on Income Support apply for sickness and disability benefits, out of which 70% claim non-contributory health benefits.
Subjects:single mothers
disability benefits
regression discontinuity
JEL:J12
I38
C21
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Working Paper Series, School of Economics and Finance, Queen Mary, University of London

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