Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/89816
Authors: 
Gong, Xiaodong
Breunig, Robert
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Paper 7574
Abstract: 
In this paper, we investigate the response of female lone parents to two reforms to the welfare system in Australia. We look at changes to both hours and participation and focus on the channels of adjustment, in particular the role of job changes for adjustment in hours. We highlight the relationship between policy design and heterogeneous outcomes. Workers/non-workers and mothers with high/low education respond differently to different policies. We find evidence of within job rigidities as the adjustment of working hours happens primarily through changing jobs. Our findings also provide support for the importance of accounting for fixed costs of working.
Subjects: 
channel of labour supply adjustment
lone mothers
job changes
difference-in-differences
JEL: 
C23
H31
I38
J13
J22
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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