"Welfare Reform and Fertility" - Rachel Fung, Princeton University

Date
Oct 28, 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Location
Louis A. Simpson International Building, Rm 271 and via Zoom
Event Description

 Rachel Fung will be presenting in person. Viewers may also attend via Zoom.

Abstract 

Using contemporary methodology, I revisit the 1996 welfare reform and analyze its effects on fertility. I find that AFDC waivers had negligible effects on births. However, states with more generous welfare payments experienced faster declines in birth rates after the reform. Moreover, individuals more likely to be on welfare experienced larger declines in births. This suggests that the welfare reform in 1996, which stripped the entitlement status of AFDC, contributed to the declining birth rate in the recent decades.