Unintended Consequences Welfare Mothers Edition

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The number of welfare claims unambiguously decreased, but at what cost? More education increases the value of your human capital which leads to higher wages and more self-sufficiency. The authors wonder if discouraging education might ultimately leave the women more dependent on state benefits than they would if education were encouraged. The trade-off is a classic example of the choice of short-term gain and long-term pain.

Economist’s View: Short-Sighted?.