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Danziger, Sandra K., Mary E. Corcoran, Sheldon H. Danziger, Colleen M. Heflin, Ariel Kalil, Judith A. Levine, Daniel Rosen, and Kristin Seedfeldt. 2002. "Barriers to the Employment of Welfare Recipients." PSC Research Report No. 02-508. June 2002.
The dramatic reduction in welfare caseloads that followed U.S. welfare reform in 1996 led policy makers and researchers to analyze the employability of recipients remaining on the roles. Analysis of potential barriers to employment can reveal the extent to which current welfare recipients have problems that either singly or in combination interfere with their participating in training programs, complying with new rules, getting and keeping jobs, and increasing their wages. The study on which this paper reports used a new survey of a representative sample of single mothers who were welfare recipients in an urban Michigan country to explore how such employment barriers constrain their employability.