This brief is based on Mathematica's comprehensive evaluation of Work First New Jersey (WFNJ), the state's welfare reform initiative. Through a series of five annual surveys, the evaluation is tracking the progress of a representative statewide sample of 2,000 welfare recipients who received cash assistance in 1997 and 1998, during the first 18 months of the state's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. The analysis relies on data from the first four surveys with this early group of TANF recipients, focusing on the 1,500 female respondents who entered TANF unmarried. The most recent survey was conducted in spring 2002, about four and a half years after they had entered the program. (Author abstract)
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Marriage Patterns of TANF Recipients: Evidence From New Jersey.
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