Moving Up, Moving Out, or Going Nowhere? A Study of the Employment Patterns of Young Women and the Implications for Welfare Mothers

  title={Moving Up, Moving Out, or Going Nowhere? A Study of the Employment Patterns of Young Women and the Implications for Welfare Mothers},
  author={LaDonna A. Pavetti and Gregory Acs},
  journal={Journal of Policy Analysis and Management},
  • L. Pavetti, G. Acs
  • Published 1 September 2001
  • Economics
  • Journal of Policy Analysis and Management
Conventional wisdom holds that women on welfare will be better off in the long run if they take a job, even if it means initially having less money to spend on their and their children's needs. Underlying this thinking is the belief that women who take low-paying jobs will eventually move up to higher paying jobs either with their current employer or by changing employers. This paper examines the employment transitions of young women focusing on the likelihood that women who turn to the welfare… 
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