Publication Date: April 2002
Publisher: Brookings Institution
Author(s): Judith M. Gueron; Gayle Hamilton
Research Area: Economic Inequality
Keywords: welfare-to-work programs; education; work training
Coverage: United States
In recent years, single mothers on welfare have gone to work in unprecedented numbers. But with limited skills and work histories, they usually get low-paying jobs and remain in poverty. The situation is especially acute for the half of the caseload that does not graduate from high school. Since recipients with higher skills tend to get better jobs, it seems logical that education and training should play a central role in welfare reform. But what kind of role?