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Do generous social-assistance programs lead to dependence? A comparative study of lone-parent families in Germany and the United States

Führen sozialpolitische Programme mit großzügiger Unterstützung zu Abhängigkeit? Eine vergleichenden Studie zu Alleinerziehenden in Deutschland und in den USA
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Duncan, Greg; Voges, Wolfgang

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Corporate Editor Universität Bremen, Zentrum für Sozialpolitik
Abstract "Despite receiving much more generous benefits, German lone-parent social-assistance recipients receive benefits for no longer periods of time, on average, than do U.S. lone-parent recipients. We find several reasons for this. Social assistance is used more often in Germany as very short-term bridge funding prior to the beginning of receipt of social-insurance benefits such as unemployment compensation. German lone-parent recipients have older children-a characteristic that leads to shorter spells. Repeat spells are considerably more common in the United States. Our findings point out a number of problems with analyses of social-assistance dynamics based on individual spells." (author's abstract)
Keywords Federal Republic of Germany; United States of America; single parent; welfare recipient; receipt of benefits; recourse; social assistance
Classification Social Security
Method empirical
Document language German
Publication Year 1993
City Bremen
Page/Pages 33 p.
Series ZeS-Arbeitspapier, 11/93
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications