Moving Up, Moving Out, or Going Nowhere?

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Moving Up, Moving Out, or Going Nowhere?

A Study of the Employment Patterns of Young Women and the Implications for Welfare Mothers


To investigate the likelihood that women who turn to the welfare system for support will make the transition from bad to good jobs, we use data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) to examine the employment patterns of young women. We construct quarterly employment histories for all the women in our sample, beginning at age 18 and continuing through age 27.

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