Study finds single mothers have more income mobility

mom-863052_640Economists at Georgia State’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies has found that low- income SNAP receiving single mothers “experience greater income mobility than males, whites and people with disabilities,” according to a university report.

SNAP, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program,  is a federally funded program of the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service that helps assist millions of eligible of low-income families and individuals.

Mark Rider, co-author and Georgia State associate professor of economics, said the idea that black single mothers living in poverty are the majority of the SNAP program is false.

However, we find that they, along with other single mothers, have greater earnings mobility than other SNAP beneficiary populations, including whites and single males,” he said.

Georgia State junior student Diamond Brown said this myth of is a stereotype.

“Institutionalized racism and the overwhelming dehumanization of black woman in general,” she said.

Sally Wallace, economics professor at Georgia State, said even though black women are the majority of the sample, they have the highest mobility out of the lowest earnings category.

“At this point, the story appears to be that, yes, there are a lot of single black women on SNAP. In particular, the disabled who are on SNAP are the most likely to remain at extremely low levels of earnings than single mothers,” she said.

Journal of Economics and Public Finance, is the main study that investigated the portability populace based information all through Georgia. Other policies were identified in the study. Even those single parents with no income in 2000 had a more prominent likelihood of getting away from the zero profit trap than the all inclusive community of SNAP beneficiaries with about 30 percent.