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The Employment Dynamics of Disadvantaged Women: Evidence from the SIPP
Uppsala University, Units outside the University, Office of Labour Market Policy Evaluation. Natl Univ Singapore, Singapore 117548, Singapore.;IRP, Uppsala, Sweden.;IZA, Bonn, Germany..
York Univ, N York, ON M3J 1P3, Canada..
Williams Coll, Williamstown, MA 01267 USA.;Bur Econ Res, Washington, DC USA..
2016 (English)In: Journal Labor Economics, ISSN 0734-306X, E-ISSN 1537-5307, Vol. 34, no 4, 899-944 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Understanding the employment dynamics of disadvantaged families is increasingly important. We estimate duration models describing these dynamics for disadvantaged single mothers and use them to conduct a rich set of counterfactual analyses. We use a misreporting model to correct for "seam bias," the problem that too many transitions are reported between reference periods in panel data. We find effects of demographics, minimum wages, unemployment rates, and maximum welfare benefits, but not policy changes introduced through state welfare waivers, on employment dynamics. We find that two commonly used ad hoc methods of addressing seam bias perform substantially worse than our approach.

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2016. Vol. 34, no 4, 899-944 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-305310ISI: 000383857200003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-305310DiVA: diva2:1037769
Available from: 2016-10-18 Created: 2016-10-14 Last updated: 2016-10-18Bibliographically approved

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