Does Public Assistance Reduce Recidivism?

  title={Does Public Assistance Reduce Recidivism?},
  author={Crystal S. Yang},
  journal={The American economic review},
  volume={107 5},
Under the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996, individuals convicted of drug-related felonies were permanently banned from receiving welfare and food stamps. Since then, over 30 states have opted out of the federal ban. In this paper, I estimate the impact of public assistance eligibility on recidivism by exploiting both the adoption of the federal ban and subsequent passage of state laws that lifted the ban. Using administrative prison records on… 

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