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How Costly is Welfare Stigma? Separating Psychological Costs from Time Costs

Colleen Flaherty Manchester

University of Minnesota

Kevin J. Mumford

Purdue University

December 1, 2009

This paper empirically decomposes the costs of welfare participation using a model of labor supply and participation in multiple welfare programs. Prior estimates of the cost of welfare participation have not differentiated psychological costs, or stigma, from the effort required to become eligible and maintain eligibility (time costs). The relative size of these two costs has implications for policy. We find that psychological costs are at least as large as the time costs associated with participation in food assistance programs. In addition, we find that the incidence of psychological costs is inconsistent with these costs acting as an effective screening mechanism.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 41

Keywords: Program Participation, Welfare Stigma, Labor Supply, Structural Estimation

JEL Classification: I3, J2

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Date posted: February 1, 2010  

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Manchester, Colleen Flaherty and Mumford, Kevin J., How Costly is Welfare Stigma? Separating Psychological Costs from Time Costs (December 1, 2009). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1544601 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1544601

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Colleen Flaherty Manchester
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