Understanding the Effects of Workfare Policies on Child Human Capital

Jorge Rodríguez*

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Workfare can impact child development by inducing parents to spend less time at home. I study the mechanisms by which workfare policies affect children using the New Hope workfare experiment. The program randomly assigned individuals to a policy bundle including income and childcare subsidies conditional on full-time work. For families with young children, the program had positive effects on child academic performance and classroom behavior. Coun-terfactual experiments from a dynamic discrete choice model indicate that most of the effect of New Hope on young children is explained by parents enrolling their children in center-based childcare.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-75
Number of pages37
JournalJournal of Labor Economics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 15 Nov 2022

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