Assessing the Impact of a Wage Subsidy for Single Parents on Social Assistance Lacroix, Guy; Brouillette, Dany

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Lacroix, Guy ; Brouillette, Dany
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Canadian Journal of Economics
Economics; Compensation and benefits; Business, international
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To authenticate to the full-text of this article, please visit this link: Byline: Guy Lacroix (1), Dany Brouillette (2) Abstract: Abstract. This paper studies the impact of a wage subsidy program aimed at long-term social assistance recipients in Quebec. The program closely mimics the Self-Sufficiency Project and was implemented for a trial period of one year in 2002.We focus on the labour market transitions of the targeted population starting one year before the implementation of the program and until the end of 2005. Our results show that the duration of spells off social assistance increased, while the duration of social assistance spells decreased slightly. The response to the program varies considerably with both observed and unobserved characteristics. Abstract (Spanish): Evaluation d'une subvention salariale pour les chefs de familles monoparentales beneficiant d'aide sociale. Ce texte etudie l'impact d'un programme de subvention salariale visant les beneficiaires d'aide sociale de longue duree au Quebec. Le programme ressemble grandement au Projet de l'autosuffisance et a ete mis en place pour une periode d'essai d'un an en 2002. On se concentre sur les transitions sur le marche du travail de la population cible pour la periode qui va d'un an avant la mise en place du programme jusqu'a la fin de 2005. Les resultats montrent que la duree des periodes hors de l'aide sociale a augmente et que la duree de periodes ou l'aide sociale est collectee a diminue legerement. La reponse au programme varie grandement selon les caracteristiques observables et non-observables. Author Affiliation: (1)Departement d'economique Universite Laval (2)Industry Canada
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