The report examines the conditions in which the current public assistance program structure creates economic disincentives for individuals to strive toward career advancement and achieve self-sufficiency for residents of Clark County, Ohio. Individuals applying for public assistance may face the possibility of an income cliff effect. Cliff effects occur when an increase in wages results in a disproportionate decrease in public assistance dollars. Our team examined each public assistance program’s specific eligibility requirements for various household composition types to demonstrate the cliff effects. The report explores economic benefits of policy revision. The findings have a range of implications for Clark County educational institutions, policy makers, and social service providers.
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