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This book, tapping into the quantitative and qualitative evidence gathered in the Women’s Employment Study (WES), offers insights into the lives of women in an urban Michigan county who left welfare for work and the role their family decisions play in their labor market decisions.


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  1. Moving from Welfare to Work
  2. Six Years Later, How Are Former Welfare Recipients Faring in the Labor Market?
  3. Up the Ladder, Down the Ladder, or Stuck on the Same Rung?
  4. Peeking inside the "Black Box" of Employment Transitions
  5. What Working Mothers Want
  6. Challenges to Advancement among Former Welfare Recipients
  7. Policies to Bring Work and Family Back into Balance


9780880993456 (cloth) ; 9780880993449 (pbk.) ; 9781441612670 (ebook)

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EDUCATION; Early childhood; Childcare; LABOR MARKET ISSUES; Work and family balance; UNEMPLOYMENT, DISABILITY, and INCOME SUPPORT PROGRAMS; Poverty and income support; Income support programs; Low wage labor markets; WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT; Public training programs; Welfare to work

Working After Welfare: How Women Balance Jobs and Family in the Wake of Welfare Reform




Seefeldt, Kristin S. 2008. Working After Welfare: How Women Balance Jobs and Family in the Wake of Welfare Reform. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

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