Welfare and Employment Dynamics Using Matched Data - Daniel Schroeder

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Welfare and Employment Dynamics Using Matched Data
Principal Investigators: Daniel Schroeder
Sponsor: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Research Partners: The Johns Hopkins University, The George Washington University
Project Duration: November 2005 - July 2008
Description: The project will conduct studies of food stamp, welfare and employment dynamics using matched data from the "Three City Study" and administrative records from various governmental welfare and employment sources. It has a data collection goal and an analysis goal. (1) The data collection goal is to gather administrative records from TANF, Food Stamps, Unemployment Insurance earnings records, and several other public assistance and social service agencies on the families in the survey, to match them to the survey, and to develop a restricted use file that could be made available to other authorized researchers. (2) The analysis goal is to use the matched data to conduct primary analyses of food stamp, welfare and employment dynamics using state of the art econometric methods and to conduct a series of additional substantive and methodological analyses. These additional analyses include a study of methods of efficient estimation models which use the survey data and the universe of administrative data; a study of the seam problem in event history surveys; an examination of the effects of work requirements, time limits and sanctions on welfare use and employment outcomes; studies of food and financial hardships among families; and studies of welfare participation of children of immigrants, employment patterns of Latinas, aging low income mothers, and social service use.

The researchers at the Ray Marshall Center will participate mainly in data collection tasks, using administrative data from the state of Texas to (1) develop research files describing families’ food stamp, welfare, and other program experiences and histories of their UI-covered earnings and (2) linking these data to information from the "Three City Study." The researchers will also assist with other analysis tasks, as time and interest allow, and may develop their own analysis projects with the data.
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