- Donald Bruce, William Hamblen, and Xiaowen Liu
- Fall/Winter (2011-2012) 2012
- Link to foc282d (PDF)
- Link to foc282sup (PDF)
Most prior studies of the disconnected population have focused on those who have left the welfare rolls. While we contribute to this line of research with an analysis of a large sample of welfare leavers in Tennessee, ours is among a small number of studies to move beyond the narrow consideration of leavers to look at those who may be disconnected but who might never have been on public assistance. It is possible that many lower-income individuals who may be eligible for one or more assistance programs either choose not to participate in those programs, or are unaware of their existence. Also, given the highly targeted nature of most social safety net programs, some low-income individuals may be disconnected because they do not qualify for available assistance.