Child care subsidies and employment behavior among very-low-income populations in three states

Carlena K. Cochi Ficano, Lisa Gennetian, Pamela A. Morris

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Using merged administrative data from welfare reform evaluations in three states, we estimate the effects of child care subsidy use on the length of time it takes for a welfare applicant to move into substantial employment. Findings show that the use of a child care subsidy during an unemployed or marginally employed spell of welfare receipt is associated with between a 0.6 and 1.7 quarter (or 11% to 34%) reduction in the time to substantial employment in two of the three state samples. The positive influence of subsidy use on transitions to substantial employment is strongest for those welfare applicants with the lowest earnings who are mixing welfare and work prior to subsidy receipt.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)681-698
Number of pages18
JournalReview of Policy Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2006


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Public Administration
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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