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Child Support Noncustodial Parent Employment Demonstration (CSPED): Findings from the Benefit-Cost Analysis

The benefit-cost report on the National Child Support Noncustodial Parent Employment Demonstration (CSPED) was released on March 14, 2019. This benefit-cost report summarizes program costs and benefits to the extent possible, and thus offers insight about the magnitude of the CSPED costs relative to the magnitude of the benefits. Both the benefits and costs are estimated by comparing the benefits and costs of providing CSPED extra services relative to providing regular services.

As described in the report, CSPED benefited noncustodial parents, custodial parents, and children, but costs for the government outweighed these benefits. When extrapolating the benefits over a longer period, reasonable assumptions suggest that the overall benefits of CSPED would outweigh its costs.

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Arrears & Related Policy, Child Development & Well-Being, Child Support, Children, CSPED, Employment, Enforcement, Family & Partnering, Justice System, Justice System General, Labor Market, Orders & Payments, Parenting

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