The Effects of Work-Conditioned Transfers on Marriage and Child Well-Being: A Review

23 Pages Posted: 29 Jan 2009

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Jeffrey Grogger

University of Chicago - Harris School of Public Policy; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Lynn A. Karoly

RAND Corporation - Santa Monica CA Offices

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Abstract

Transfer payments to poor families are increasingly conditioned on work. Although the effects of such programmes on employment are fairly well understood, relatively little is known about their effects on marriage or child well-being. We review a few studies that provide such information here. We sketch a theoretical model that draws from the efficient-household literature. The model is consistent with the wide range of effects that we observe and suggests an explanation for some of the observed differences. Our theoretical framework likewise explains the observed variation in the effects of such programmes on children.

Suggested Citation

Grogger, Jeffrey T. and Karoly, Lynn A., The Effects of Work-Conditioned Transfers on Marriage and Child Well-Being: A Review (0000). The Economic Journal, Vol. 119, Issue 535, pp. F15-F37, February 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1334346 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0297.2008.02227.x

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