Initial Synthesis Report of the Findings from ASPE's "Leavers" Grants. II. Leavers Studies in Context: Policy and Economic Environment and Characteristics of Welfare Leavers


Differences in states' welfare policies, their economies, and the demographic characteristics of recipients themselves all may affect the outcomes of welfare leavers. Before comparing and contrasting the status of welfare leavers across the twelve studies reviewed in this initial synthesis report, it is important to understand the environment in which these families make their decisions to leave welfare. Because there are so many factors contributing to the well-being of leavers it is difficult to ascribe differences in outcomes across studies to any specific difference in context. In this initial synthesis report, we cannot take all these contextual differences into account simultaneously; we only note them as they come to bear on comparisons across studies.