Determinants of AFDC Caseload Growth. 1. Demographic Variables


We group demographic variables into two subgroups: population characteristics and vital statistics. Population characteristics include the size of the population by age and sex, while vital statistics (e.g., out-of-wedlock births) refer to the structure of families. Population characteristics appear in all models. We have, however, explored the extent to which changes in economic factors affect AFDC caseloads and spending through their impact on family characteristics by including these characteristics in some models, but not in others