Studies of Welfare Populations: Data Collection and Research Issues. Postleaving Outcome Measures

06/01/2002

Three types of outcomes for welfare leavers were examined: (1) public assistance receipt, such as whether the case returned to welfare and whether the case received other public assistance benefits (food stamps and medical assistance); (2) earnings and employment after leaving; and (3) total income, from earnings and public assistance benefits after leaving. The entire sample was tracked through administrative records through December 1997. For each leaver, there are at least five quarters of data on earnings and public assistance receipt after leaving.

Outcomes of both leavers and stayers are reported.(6) Some outcomes are reported relevant to the quarter the leaver stopped receiving AFDC, such as earnings in the first quarter after exit. For leavers, the actual calendar year quarter of these earnings will vary according to when the leaver stopped receiving welfare. For stayers, the first quarter after initial exit is the third quarter, 1996, the second quarter after exit is the fourth quarter 1996, and so on.

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