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Doctoral Dissertation Defense: Rigaud Joseph

June 19 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

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Florida International University

 University Graduate School

 Doctoral Dissertation Defense

Abstract

Concurrent Participation in Federally-Funded Welfare Programs and Empowerment toward Economic 

Self-Sufficiency

by

Rigaud Joseph

This study assessed the merits and shortcomings of federally-funded welfare programs by testing the following two hypotheses: (1) Low-income households who receive one or more lower-tier federal means-tested benefits will be less likely to attain and maintain economic self-sufficiency than their counterparts who do not participate in federal welfare programs and (2) Low-income households that enroll in more welfare programs will have worse self-sufficiency outcomes than their counterparts that participate in fewer services. Using the public-use version of the 2008 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) Panel, this quasi-experimental compartmentalized investigation 4,216 low-income households into two groups: an intervention group (n = 2,436) and a comparison group (n = 1,780). Households in the intervention group received one or more federal means-tested welfare benefits for the most part of the 2008-2013 quinquennium. By contrast, those in the comparison group— although eligible for these benefits—did not receive them. The survey respondents were measured repeatedly over a 56-month period to assess whether welfare receipt impacts their household income steadily beyond 150 percent of the federal poverty level, after controlling for known predictors. Findings from binomial logistic regression displayed medium effect sizes indicating that participation in public assistance did decrease the likelihood of attainment and maintenance of economic self-sufficiency among low-income American households. These findings were interpreted within the context of pre-existing differences that may have existed between the intervention group and the comparison group which were not accounted for in the multivariate analysis. Macro-implications of these findings for poverty and social welfare stakeholders were discussed. 

Date: June 19, 2017                                                                  

Department: Social Work

Time: 1:30-3:30 pm                                                                

 Major Professor: Dr. Miriam Potocky 

Place: Modesto Campus, AHC5-300

 

 

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Date:
June 19
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1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Zenaida Pirri
Phone:
305-348-5881
Website:
zpirri@fiu.edu

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AHC5 300
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199 United States
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