Date of Completion
Open Access Capstone
Master of Science (MS)
Donna Haig Friedman
Between 1992 and 1998, 24 states including Massachusetts adopted provisions specifically designed to reduce the fertility rates of welfare recipients. These adopted measures became known as Family Caps. Under Family Cap, families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance would not receive increased aid for having another child. Proponents of this measure believe that by eliminating the financial incentive to have additional children, individuals on welfare would subsequently have smaller families. In this paper, I have used the most up-to-date TANF national data file to determine if an association between states with a family Cap provision and the number of children per TANF family exists. The results of this research show little if any correlation between states that use family Cap and the number of children those welfare recipients have.
Ashe, Gregory, "Family Cap: An evaluation of child exclusion policies in Massachusetts" (2014). Public Affairs Capstones Collection. 18.