Cars, Employment, and Single Mothers: The Effect of Welfare Asset Restrictions

25 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2010

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Cynthia Bansak

Saint Lawrence University - Department of Economics

Heather Mattson

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Lorien A. Rice

Mills College Department of Economics

Abstract

This article measures the effect of asset rules for welfare eligibility on car ownership among single mothers without a college education, and investigates whether these changes lead to changes in employment. We combine micro-level data with data on state welfare asset rules and find that the probability of owning a car is greater in states with higher overall asset limits, states that value vehicles on an equity basis, and states with exemptions for multiple vehicles.

Suggested Citation

Bansak, Cynthia and Mattson, Heather and Rice, Lorien A., Cars, Employment, and Single Mothers: The Effect of Welfare Asset Restrictions. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 49, Issue 3, pp. 321-345, July 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1619053 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-232X.2010.00603.x

Cynthia Bansak

Saint Lawrence University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Canton, NY 13617
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Heather Mattson

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

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Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

Lorien A. Rice

Mills College Department of Economics ( email )

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Oakland, CA 94613-1301
United States

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