Can in-work benefits improve employment among lone parents?

Researchers: Professor Mike Brewer

Project overview


Welfare reforms have sought to increase employment among lone parents, but entering work does not always reduce poverty. Sustained employment has a greater change of reducing poverty than opting in and out of work on a short term basis. But what is the best policy approach to encourage sustained employment?

This project will investigage the impact of two recent welfare-to-work policies (In-Work Credit and the Employment Retention and Advancement Demonstration) on short and medium term employment outcomes. The researchers will identify which in-work benefits ‘ and which specific features of them ‘ are the most likely to foster job retention among lone parents.

The project will be carried out with the DWP and using administrative data on benefit and employment spells in a cutting-edge empirical model of employment transitions. The findings will be presented in a technical working paper, placing the results in the context of the existing literature.

Team


  • Professor Mike Brewer
    Institute for Fiscal Studies

  • Alex Beer
    Senior Consultant, Welfare
    Nuffield Foundation
  • Mark-Franks-Nuffield-Foundation-Together-alone-connecting-individual-and-collective-well-being-through-our-work-in-welfare
    Director, Welfare
    Nuffield Foundation

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