Interim Status Report on Research on the Outcomes of Welfare Reform. Rural Working Poor


This project would help us understand welfare outcomes in a rural environment by studying the individual and labor market characteristics of the rural working poor population and the impacts of various economic and public policy developments.  It would update, using 1997 Census data, a Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) project from 10 years ago (based on 1987 Census data), which found that 70 percent of rural poor families who were not ill, disabled, or retired were people who worked all or part of the year.  The study could also examine the impacts on the rural working poor of various economic events and policy changes that have occurred since the earlier study, including welfare reform and economic recession and expansion.  In addition, it would contrast the differences between the rural and urban working poor in terms of individual characteristics, job prospects, and labor market factors.