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Does Public Assistance Encourage Women to Have More Children?

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WSIPP - January 1992

Most states increase the monthly public assistance grant when a new baby is born into the household. Recently, policymakers in some states have either eliminated, or proposed to eliminate, the grant increase. These changes in public assistance policy are based on the belief that the structure of grant payments may provide an economic incentive for women on public assistance to have more children.

Report ID: 92-01-3103
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