Series # :
  ETAOP 2011-08
Title :
  Privatization and Employment in the Implementation of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF): A Multi-Level Analysis
Release Date :
  May 9, 2011
Abstract :

Privatization in the implementation of social welfare programs represents a relatively unexplored administrative strategy and little remains known of its origins and consequences. After briefly exploring the antecedents of welfare contracting across the American states, this research utilizes multi-level modeling techniques to examine the consequences of privatization on the employment outcomes of welfare clients. The quantitative findings indicate that privatizing welfare services is not an administrative panacea in that the quality of client-level employment outcomes are seldom improved under private sector arrangements. There is also scant evidence of predatory behavior among private sector welfare providers. Historically disadvantaged African American and low-educated welfare clients are no worse off under profit seekers and are potentially achieving superior outcomes under non-profit administration.
Other reports developed for the 2009 ETA Research Papers Program include:

ETAOP 2011-09: Does Occupational Training by the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program Really Help Reemployment?: Success Measured as Matching

ETAOP 2011-10: Workforce Investment Act Training for Older Workers: Toward a Better Understanding of Older Worker Needs during the Economic Recovery

ETAOP 2011-11: Earnings Progression Among Workforce Development Participants: Evidence from Washington State

ETAOP 2011-12: Ensuring the Quality of Training Providers under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

ETAOP 2011-13: Policy and Low-Wage Labor Supply: A Case Study of Policy and Farm Labor Markets in New York State

ETAOP 2011-14: The Effect of Continuing Education Participation on Agricultural Worker Outcomes

Publication Author(s)
University of Kentucky in Lexington
  • Adam M Butz
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