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Effects of work requirements on welfare migration
Abstract: This study tests for a migration response to the
implementation of stricter rules for welfare benefit receipt, in the form
of mandatory participation in activation programs for welfare recipients,
in Stockholm town districts. The hypothesis is that welfare benefit prone
individuals will choose to live in a town district that has no program if
they dislike the loss of leisure due to program participation more than
they value the contents of the program, and vice versa. The results give
some indications of a negative effect of the program on the outmigration of
welfare prone individuals. This is however not robust to changes in
comparison group nor in the sample of town districts. The conclusion that
can be drawn is that there are no indications that activation programs lead
to outmigration of welfare prone individuals.
Keywords: Welfare migration; welfare-to-work; difference-in-difference-in-differences; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: H53; H70; I38; R23; (follow links to similar papers)
40 pages, November 12, 2007
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Edmark, Karin, (2009), 'Migration Effects of Welfare Reform', The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 111, No. 3, pages 511-526
Edmark, Karin, (2009), Effects of work requirements on welfare migration, Vol. 111, 3 edn., Scandinavian Journal of Economics.
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