How Do EITC Recipients Spend Their Refunds?

How Do EITC Recipients Spend Their Refunds?

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The authors determine what items are purchased using the earned income tax credit (EITC) -- one of the largest sources of public support for lower-income working families in the U.S. They find that recipient householdsAi EITC payments are used primarily for vehicle purchases and transportation spending, both of which are crucial to job access and consistent with the EITCAis pro-work goals. Tables and figures.According to a Brookings Institute report, 88 percent of low-income Americans commute in a personal vehicle (Blumenberg and Waller, 2003). In fact, other antipoverty and income support programs explicitly recognize the link between car ownership and employment through ... such as car repairs.7 Data We create a monthly household-level data set of expenditure, income, and family structure, using theanbsp;...

Title:How Do EITC Recipients Spend Their Refunds?
Author:Andrew Goodman-Bacon
Publisher:DIANE Publishing - 2009-01


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