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Moving Up or Getting Stuck? Former Welfare Recipients' Job Retention and Advancement

Overview: This study uses a nested quantitative-qualitative design to examine how former welfare recipients are able to advance into better paying jobs while others remain in low wage or unstable employment. Data will be analyzed from the Women's Employment Survey (WES), a nationally recognized panel survey of current and former welfare recipients, and the WES Qualitative Supplement, which provides qualitative data from focus groups and semi-structured interviews on a sub-sample of the survey respondents. We focus on women's perceptions regarding the following areas:

This research will highlight factors contributing to job advancement for some former welfare recipients and factors that may contribute to wage stagnation or unstable employment for others. As more welfare recipients become employed, strategies for helping them advance take on added importance, and we believe this research can provide insights for policy analysis.

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