Community Development Papers

Minnesota's Earned Income Credit Program: Utilization by Current and Former Welfare Households and the Impact of Policy Parameters

An analysis of utilization of the State of Minnesota's earned income credit (the Working Family Credit) among current and former welfare recipients.

Donald P. Hirasuna | Community Affairs Economist
Thomas F. Stinson | Professor of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota

Published December 18, 2009

This report examines the utilization of a state earned income credit by current and former welfare recipients using two measures: receipt among all current and former welfare recipients and among only those eligible for the credit. Both measures may be useful, depending upon which groups policymakers hope to target. The authors further characterize utilization by examining how receipt varies with earnings and by demographic group, the length of time current and former welfare households receive the state earned income credit, and whether recipient households respond to changes in the parameters of state earned income credit programs.