Nuremberg Research Seminar in Economics on 12 June 2024, LG 0.423

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You are invited to join the weekly Nuremberg Research Seminar in Economics on 12 June 2024, from 13.15 to 14.45 pm. The seminar will be held in room LG 0.423Marianne Simonsen (Aarhus University) will be talking about „Welfare Reform: Consequences for the Children”.

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This paper uses register-based data to analyze the consequences of a recent major Danish welfare reform for children’s academic performance and well-being. In addition to work requirements, the reform brought about considerable reductions in welfare transfers. We implement a comparative event study that contrasts individuals on welfare at the time of reform announcement before and after the implementation of the reform with the development in outcomes for an uncontaminated comparison group, namely those on welfare exactly one year prior. Our analysis documents that mothers’ propensity to receive welfare decreased somewhat as a consequence of the reform, just as we observe a small increase in hours worked. At the same time, we do not detect effects on short-run child academic performance. We do find smaller negative effects on children’s self-reported school well-being and document substantial uptics in reports to child protective services for children exposed to the reform.