Academic journal article Journal of Family Studies

Dissertation Abstracts International Section A: Humanities and Social Sciences: Program Participants' Understanding about Program Rules and Its Effect on Program Outcomes: Non-Custodial Parents' Knowledge about Child Support Rules and Its Impact on Child Support Payments

Academic journal article Journal of Family Studies

Dissertation Abstracts International Section A: Humanities and Social Sciences: Program Participants' Understanding about Program Rules and Its Effect on Program Outcomes: Non-Custodial Parents' Knowledge about Child Support Rules and Its Impact on Child Support Payments

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This study empirically examines program participants' understanding of program rules and the effect of this understanding on program outcomes. This study is based on the idea that voluntary behavioural changes are at least partly dependent on participants' understanding of program rules. To examine this idea, this study examines non-custodial fathers' understanding of the child support full disregard/pass-through program in Wisconsin's TANF program. This study hypothesizes that fathers learn child support rules in part from mothers and that knowledgeable fathers pay more child support. To test these hypotheses, this study utilises panel data from the Survey of Wisconsin Works Families (SWWF), a portion of the W-2 Child Support Demonstration Evaluation. Knowledge about child support full disregard/pass-through is measured by three survey questions. In addition to survey data, this study also extracts child support payment and work history from Wisconsin administrative data. Logit, OLS and Tobit model are employed to analyse both cross-sectional and panel data. Analyses about factors affecting fathers' knowledge show that fathers do tend to have more knowledge through contact with knowledgeable mothers, supporting the first hypothesis of knowledge transmission from mothers to fathers. …

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