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Atlanta Fed Working Papers


Job Separation Behavior of Welfare Recipients: Results from a Unique Case Study

Jill Marie Gunderson and Julie L. Hotchkiss
Working Paper 2004-12
May 2004

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This paper uses a unique personnel data set to explore job separation behavior among welfare hires. Our results indicate that welfare hires are no less stable than similar nonwelfare hires; however, time until separation does differ across welfare status by reason for separation. We also found that the presence of a mentoring program will increase time until separation for both welfare and nonwelfare hires.

JEL classification: I38, J24, J64

Key words: TANF, welfare, job search, job separation


The views expressed here are the authors’ and not necessarily those of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta or the Federal Reserve System. Any remaining errors are the authors’ responsibility.

Please address questions regarding content to Jill Marie Gunderson, ERS Group, 4901 Tower Court, Tallahassee, Florida 32303, 850-562-1211 ext. 140, 850-562-3838 (fax), jgunderson@ersgroup.com, or Julie L. Hotchkiss, Georgia State University and Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Research Department, 1000 Peachtree Street N.E., Atlanta, Georgia 30309-2713, 404-498-8198, jhotchkiss@gsu.edu.

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