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The Road from Welfare to Work: Informal Transportation and the Urban Poor

58 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2005  

Nicole Stelle Garnett

Notre Dame Law School

Abstract

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.

Keywords: transportation, welfare, welfare reform, urban, poverty, spacial mismatch

JEL Classification: D63, H53, I30, I31, J60, J68, L91

Suggested Citation

Garnett, Nicole Stelle, The Road from Welfare to Work: Informal Transportation and the Urban Poor. Harvard Journal on Legislation, Vol. 38, No. 73, 2001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=741264

Nicole Stelle Garnett (Contact Author)

Notre Dame Law School ( email )

P.O. Box 780
Notre Dame, IN 46556
United States
574-631-3091 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.nd.edu/faculty/facultypages/garnettn.html

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