Welfare Reform, Family Breakups

December 1978
National Review;12/8/1978, Vol. 30 Issue 49, p1526
The article reveals the results of a 10-year study of low-income families and families on welfare in the United States. It revealed that the families receiving income support had a 60 percent higher rate of separation and divorce than the "control group." The study showed that the rate of family breakup was about the same for blacks and whites, but half as much as among Hispanics. And the "work ethic" seems particularly strong among whites. The study looked into work disincentives keyed to varying rates of reduced welfare payments as earned income rises, and it turns out that the idleness rate among Hispanics and blacks is twice the rate among whites.


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