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The Happiness of Single Mothers After Welfare Reform

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011

"U.S. welfare and tax policies targeting single mothers were transformed over a decade ago. What was the impact on single mothers’ happiness?"  

That's the question John Ifcher, SCU assistant professor of economics, researched with support from a Hackworth Grant from the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. "The results appear to indicate that the package of welfare and tax policy changes increased happiness," Ifcher concluded.

The article reporting on his study was recently published  in the B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy: Vol. 11: Iss. 1 (Topics), Article 60.

Hackworth Grants are made possible by a gift from Michael and Joan Hackworth.  They are available to Santa Clara University faculty and students for research on applied ethics and the creation of curriculum on ethics.