When Welfare Recipients Fail to Comply with Work Requirements: Indiana's Experience with Partial Benefit Sanctions

Journal of Applied Social Sciences, Vol. 24, No. 2, Spring/Summer 2000

Posted: 3 Feb 2013

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Pamela Holcomb

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Caroline E. Ratcliffe

The Urban Institute - Labor and Social Policy Center

Date Written: May 1, 2000

Abstract

This article examines whether a partial benefit sanction provides sufficient motivation for adult welfare recipients to comply with welfare-to-work participation rules. Our analysis uses administrative data from Indaina, one of the few states that continues to rely solely on a partial benefit sanction (rather than a full-family sanction or some combination of the two). Using detailed administrative data, we follow adult recipients to the sanctions. Our analysis shows that the majority of sanctioned clients come into compliance or voluntarily leave welfare altogether, calling into question the assumption that partial benefit sanctions do not provide sufficient motivation for adults to comply with welfare-to-work program rules.

Suggested Citation

Holcomb, Pamela and Ratcliffe, Caroline E., When Welfare Recipients Fail to Comply with Work Requirements: Indiana's Experience with Partial Benefit Sanctions (May 1, 2000). Journal of Applied Social Sciences, Vol. 24, No. 2, Spring/Summer 2000. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2210638

Pamela Holcomb (Contact Author)

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. ( email )

P.O. Box 2393
Princeton, NJ 08543-2393
United States

Caroline E. Ratcliffe

The Urban Institute - Labor and Social Policy Center ( email )

2100 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
United States
202-261-5548 (Phone)
202-463-8522 (Fax)

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