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  • Individual Author: Cancian, Maria; Meyer, Daniel R.
    Reference Type: Journal Article
    Year: 2018

    We argue that child support, the central program specifically targeting single-parent families, should increase financial resources for children living with a single parent, with a secondary goal of holding parents responsible for supporting their children. Current child support policy is substantially successful for divorcing families in which the noncustodial parent has at least moderate formal earnings. However, the system does not work well for lower-income families, especially unmarried couples: far too few children regularly receive substantial support and the system is sometimes counterproductive to encouraging parental responsibility. We propose: a public guarantee of a minimum amount of support per child, assurances that no noncustodial parent will be charged beyond their current means, and a broadening of child support services. (Author abstract)

    We argue that child support, the central program specifically targeting single-parent families, should increase financial resources for children living with a single parent, with a secondary goal of holding parents responsible for supporting their children. Current child support policy is substantially successful for divorcing families in which the noncustodial parent has at least moderate formal earnings. However, the system does not work well for lower-income families, especially unmarried couples: far too few children regularly receive substantial support and the system is sometimes counterproductive to encouraging parental responsibility. We propose: a public guarantee of a minimum amount of support per child, assurances that no noncustodial parent will be charged beyond their current means, and a broadening of child support services. (Author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Winship, Scott; Reeves, Richard V.; Guyot, Katherine
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2018

    Black Americans born poor are much less likely to move up the income ladder than those in other racial groups, especially whites. Why? Many factors are at work, including educational inequalities, neighborhood effects, workplace discrimination, parenting, access to credit, rates of incarceration, and so on. In a new paper, the authors confirm the stark differences in upward earnings mobility for black men compared to both black women and whites. They also confirm that black women, despite their solid earnings mobility, have very low family income mobility. They then estimate the impact of racial differences in marriage rates by simulating higher marriage rates among black women and find no significant effects. (Edited author introduction)

    Black Americans born poor are much less likely to move up the income ladder than those in other racial groups, especially whites. Why? Many factors are at work, including educational inequalities, neighborhood effects, workplace discrimination, parenting, access to credit, rates of incarceration, and so on. In a new paper, the authors confirm the stark differences in upward earnings mobility for black men compared to both black women and whites. They also confirm that black women, despite their solid earnings mobility, have very low family income mobility. They then estimate the impact of racial differences in marriage rates by simulating higher marriage rates among black women and find no significant effects. (Edited author introduction)

  • Individual Author: Blocklin, Michelle; Alvira-Hammond, Marta; Hendra, Richard; Kleinman, Rebecca
    Reference Type: Conference Paper
    Year: 2018

    These PowerPoints are from the 2018 Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS). This session looked at the relationship between job characteristics and well-being. The presentations described variations in the employment characteristic of low-income families across racial and ethnic groups, findings from a literature review on the relationship between the psychosocial conditions of work and health or well-being, and potential impacts of employment on health and well-being in a context in which individuals were randomly assigned to work or non-work. Michelle Blocklin (Abt Associates) moderated this session. Various methodologies were used across the presentations. (Author introduction)

    These PowerPoints are from the 2018 Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS). This session looked at the relationship between job characteristics and well-being. The presentations described variations in the employment characteristic of low-income families across racial and ethnic groups, findings from a literature review on the relationship between the psychosocial conditions of work and health or well-being, and potential impacts of employment on health and well-being in a context in which individuals were randomly assigned to work or non-work. Michelle Blocklin (Abt Associates) moderated this session. Various methodologies were used across the presentations. (Author introduction)

  • Individual Author: Allard, Scott W.
    Reference Type: Conference Paper
    Year: 2018

    This video and its accompanying presentation slides are from the 2018 Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS). How has the spatial distribution of poverty shifted in America since 1990? How has the antipoverty safety net responded to changes in the geography of poverty? Drawing on findings from his book, Places in Need: The Changing Geography of Poverty in America, Scott W. Allard (University of Washington) described spatial trends in poverty across America, discussed which safety net programs have been most and least responsive to the geographic shifts in poverty, and reflected on implications for state and local policy and practice. Various methodologies were used across the presentations. (Author introduction)

     

    This video and its accompanying presentation slides are from the 2018 Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS). How has the spatial distribution of poverty shifted in America since 1990? How has the antipoverty safety net responded to changes in the geography of poverty? Drawing on findings from his book, Places in Need: The Changing Geography of Poverty in America, Scott W. Allard (University of Washington) described spatial trends in poverty across America, discussed which safety net programs have been most and least responsive to the geographic shifts in poverty, and reflected on implications for state and local policy and practice. Various methodologies were used across the presentations. (Author introduction)

     

  • Individual Author: Craigie, Terry-Ann; Myers Jr., Samuel L. ; Darity Jr., William A.
    Reference Type: Journal Article
    Year: 2018

    Female family headship has strong implications for endemic poverty in the United States. Consequently, it is imperative to explore the chief factors that contribute to this problem. Departing from prior literature that places significant weight on welfare-incentive effects, our study highlights the role of male marriageability in explaining the prevalence of never-married female family headship for blacks and whites. Specifically, we examine racial differences in the effect of male marriageability on never-married female headship from 1980 to 2010. By exploiting data from IPUMS-USA (N = 4,958,722) and exogenous variation from state-level sentencing reforms, the study finds that the decline in the relative supply of marriageable males significantly increases the incidence of never-married female family headship for blacks but not for whites. (Author abstract)

     

    Female family headship has strong implications for endemic poverty in the United States. Consequently, it is imperative to explore the chief factors that contribute to this problem. Departing from prior literature that places significant weight on welfare-incentive effects, our study highlights the role of male marriageability in explaining the prevalence of never-married female family headship for blacks and whites. Specifically, we examine racial differences in the effect of male marriageability on never-married female headship from 1980 to 2010. By exploiting data from IPUMS-USA (N = 4,958,722) and exogenous variation from state-level sentencing reforms, the study finds that the decline in the relative supply of marriageable males significantly increases the incidence of never-married female family headship for blacks but not for whites. (Author abstract)

     

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