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June 26, 2002

Study: Most who leave welfare in New York report that they are better off

Nearly three of four people surveyed after leaving New York's welfare rolls say they are better off than they were while receiving benefits, a study released this month shows.

The Rockefeller Institute of Government, a think tank affiliated with the State University of New York, sampled 1,409 families that left the state's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program in March and April of 1999. Researchers interviewed more than half of the surveyed individuals.

Among other things, the study showed that:

The study is at rockinst.org/publications/federalism/leaver_final_June_2002.pdf.