Welfare and Family Stability Do Benefits Affect When Children Leave the Nest

  title={Welfare and Family Stability Do Benefits Affect When Children Leave the Nest},
  author={Wenzong Hu},
The welfare system has long been criticized for its incentives against marriage. This paper examines one way in which welfare actually may keep families together: the fact that benefits increase with family size may encourage teenagers to stay in welfare-recipient households. Welfare benefit incentives affecting coresidence are twofold: (i) a parent loses benefits if a child leaves the household and (ii) a child may receive additional benefits if s/he leaves the parental household. At a… CONTINUE READING

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