Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/20106
Authors: 
Cobb-Clark, Deborah A.
Ryan, Chris
Breunig, Robert
Year of Publication: 
2003
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion paper series 864
Abstract: 
The goal of this paper is to evaluate a ?couples-based? policy intervention designed to reduce the number of Australian families without work. In 2000 and 2001, the Australian Government piloted a new counseling initiative targeted towards couple-headed families with dependent children in which neither partner was in paid employment. Selected women on family benefits (who were partnered with men receiving unemployment benefits) were randomly invited to participate in an interview process designed to identify strategies for increasing economic and social participation. While some women were interviewed on their own, others participated in a joint interview with their partners. Our results indicate that the overall effect of the interview process led to lower hours of work among family benefit recipients in the intervention group than the control group, but to greater participation and hours in job search and in study or training for work-related reasons. At the same time, there are few significant differences in the effect of the interview process on the economic and social activity of women interviewed with and without their unemployed partners.
Subjects: 
income-support policy
randomized experiment
treatment effects
JEL: 
H3
J68
I38
Document Type: 
Working Paper

Files in This Item:
File
Size
806.3 kB





Items in EconStor are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.