The Road from Welfare to Work: Informal Transportation and the Urban Poor
Nicole Stelle Garnett
Notre Dame Law School
Harvard Journal on Legislation, Vol. 38, No. 73, 2001
Individuals struggling to move from welfare to work face numerous obstacles. This Article addresses one of those obstacles: lack of transportation. Without reliable transportation, many welfare recipients are unable to find and maintain jobs located out of the reach of traditional forms of public transportation. Professor Garnett argues that lawmakers should remove restrictions on informal van or jitney services, allowing entrepreneurs to provide low-cost transportation to their communities. This reform would not only help people get to work, but it could also provide jobs for low-income people.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 58
Keywords: transportation, welfare, welfare reform, urban, poverty, spacial mismatch
JEL Classification: D63, H53, I30, I31, J60, J68, L91Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: June 11, 2005
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