Will Welfare Reform Hurt Low-Skilled Workers?

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Will Welfare Reform Hurt Low-Skilled Workers?

February 1, 2001

Abstract

This study estimates that welfare reform may reduce employment among U.S.-born low-skilled men by 2 percent. In the long-run, welfare reform may drive down wages for low-skilled U.S.- born women in the labor force by 2.2 percent. Finally, immigration, which accounts for the growth in low-skilled labor in the U.S., is not likely to pose a threat to the success of welfare mothers in the labor market.

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