Performance Improvement 2004. the long-term effects of the minnesota family investment program on marriage and divorce among two-parent families


This project examined the effects on marriage over a 7-year follow-up period for the full sample of two- parent families from the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation’s (MDRC) 2000 evaluation of the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP). The study found that a sample of two-parent recipient families assigned to MFIP were 40 percent more likely to be married at a three-year follow-up period than two-parent recipient families assigned to AFDC. Results show that the positive effects on marriage stability to hold up over time. Specifically, MFIP decreased divorce by 3.5 percentage points, or by about 25 percent, seven years after study entry. Impacts were most pronounced for blacks who were already married and for parents who were cohabiting at study entry and subsequently got married. Effects persisted even after the MFIP pilot program being tested went statewide in 1998, after which all two- parent families (treatment and control) were subject to the new statewide MFIP rules. MFIP had no cumulative effect on divorce among two-parent applicant families.

PIC ID: 7760
Agency Sponsor: ASPE-OHSP, Office of Human Services Policy
Federal Contact: Landey, Alana, 202-401-6636
Performer: Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, New York, NY

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