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  • Individual Author: Danielson, Caroline
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2006

    This Occasional Paper examines data for the period 2001-2004 submitted by states as evidence of their compliance with federal requirements in order to gain insight into the portion of the CalWORKs caseload required to participate in federally-approved activities, and especially those not meeting work participation requirements. It focuses solely on the single-parent caseload.(PPIP abstract)

    This Occasional Paper examines data for the period 2001-2004 submitted by states as evidence of their compliance with federal requirements in order to gain insight into the portion of the CalWORKs caseload required to participate in federally-approved activities, and especially those not meeting work participation requirements. It focuses solely on the single-parent caseload.(PPIP abstract)

  • Individual Author: Michalopoulos, Charles; Bos, Johannes; Lalonde, Robert; Verma, Nandita
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2000

    The Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC) has undertaken an initiative that is examining how states, urban counties, and large cities restructure social welfare programs over the next several years. The overarching goal of its Project on Devolution and Urban Change is to assess whether “devolution” is generating the dramatic changes in policy and programs predicted by supporters and critics; just as important is to understand what difference these policies are making in the lives of low-income families. Begun in early 1997, the project will last approximately five years...

    The purpose of the Urban Change project is twofold: to describe income sources, income amounts, and well-being after devolution; and to infer the impacts of devolution on individuals, communities, and institutions by estimating what would have happened under AFDC. Although the five study components are designed to build on one another, and all five will be used in determining the effects of recent reform, this design paper focuses on the first component, the individual-...

    The Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC) has undertaken an initiative that is examining how states, urban counties, and large cities restructure social welfare programs over the next several years. The overarching goal of its Project on Devolution and Urban Change is to assess whether “devolution” is generating the dramatic changes in policy and programs predicted by supporters and critics; just as important is to understand what difference these policies are making in the lives of low-income families. Begun in early 1997, the project will last approximately five years...

    The purpose of the Urban Change project is twofold: to describe income sources, income amounts, and well-being after devolution; and to infer the impacts of devolution on individuals, communities, and institutions by estimating what would have happened under AFDC. Although the five study components are designed to build on one another, and all five will be used in determining the effects of recent reform, this design paper focuses on the first component, the individual-level impact analysis. Information for the individual impact component will come from two sources. Administrative data on AFDC, TANF, Food Stamps, and earnings will be collected for all nonelderly parents of minor children who ever received Food Stamps or AFDC/TANF between 1992 and 2002 in the four counties. In addition, 2,000 single mothers receiving welfare in high-poverty neighborhoods will be surveyed in each county’s principal city. While the administrative data will allow us to precisely estimate changes in welfare and employment over time, the surveys will provide crucial information on other sources of income, child and parent well-being, family formation, experiences with the welfare system, and attitudes toward welfare and work.

    This paper focuses on the portion of the impact analysis that uses administrative data. To infer impacts of the new policy on employment, earnings, and welfare, the study is using a multiple cohort design. In this design, a cohort, or group, of those receiving welfare or at risk of receiving welfare will be followed over time, and their outcomes will be compared. If patterns of behavior for cohorts who pass through reform differ markedly from patterns for those who are subject to the defunct rules of AFDC, this will be taken as evidence that welfare reform has had an impact. The remainder of this paper describes the multiple cohort design, investigates the power of the technique using data from a variety of sources, and discusses analytical issues which remain to be addressed. (author abstract)