The Consumption, Income, and Well-Being of Single Mother Headed Families 25 Years After Welfare Reform

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Jeehoon Han

Zhejiang University

Bruce Meyer

University of Chicago

James X. Sullivan

University of Notre Dame - Department of Economics and Econometrics

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Date Written: August 30, 2021

Abstract

We investigate how material well-being has changed over time for single mother headed families—the primary group affected by welfare reform and other policy changes of the 1990s. We focus on consumption as well as other indicators including components of consumption, measures of housing quality, and health insurance coverage. The results provide strong evidence that the material circumstances of single mothers improved in the decades following welfare reform. The consumption of the most disadvantaged single mother headed families—those with low consumption or low education—rose noticeably over time and at a faster rate than for those in comparison groups.

JEL Classification: D12,D31,I31,I32,I38

Suggested Citation

Han, Jeehoon and Meyer, Bruce and Sullivan, James X., The Consumption, Income, and Well-Being of Single Mother Headed Families 25 Years After Welfare Reform (August 30, 2021). University of Chicago, Becker Friedman Institute for Economics Working Paper No. 2021-101, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3915690 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3915690

Jeehoon Han

Zhejiang University ( email )

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Bruce Meyer (Contact Author)

University of Chicago ( email )

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Chicago, IL 60637
United States

James X. Sullivan

University of Notre Dame - Department of Economics and Econometrics ( email )

Notre Dame, IN 46556
United States

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