Cars, employment, and single mothers: The effect of welfare asset restrictions

Cynthia Bansak, Heather M Dahlen, Lorien Rice

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)321-345
Number of pages25
JournalIndustrial Relations
Volume49
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2010

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