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Title:Unemployment insurance and low-educated single working mothers before and after welfare reform PDF Logo
Authors:Shaefer, H. Luke
Wu, Liyun
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Upjohn Institute Working Paper 11-173
Abstract:Using the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), a nationally representative, longitudinal survey, this study examines changing levels of Unemployment Insurance (UI) eligibility and benefit receipt among working low-educated single mothers, 1990-2005. It also examines changing participation in cash welfare and the Food Stamp Program (FSP). Relative to single childless women, there has been no increase in UI benefit receipt among single mothers entering a spell of unemployment in the postreform period, even though single mothers have increased their relative rates of UI eligibility. Because of declining cash assistance receipt, UI became a more common income support than cash assistance for this population during the period 2001-2005. Furthermore, the probability of accessing FSP for low-educated single mothers entering a spell of unemployment increased in the years 2001-2005. As a result, the proportion of this population accessing benefits from one or more of these programs remained virtually unchanged across the study period.
Subjects:Welfare Reform
Unemployment Insurance
Low-educated Single Mothers
JEL:J65
J68
I38
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Upjohn Institute Working Papers, W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

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