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Local student wins research award for work examining single mothers in Canada

Kourtney Koebel, fourth year Economics and Political Science student at Wilfrid Laurier University.

A local student has won a research award for her work examining single mothers in Canada.

Kourtney Koebel was awarded the Laurier Centre for Economic Research and Policy Analysis Undergraduate Research Award for her work examining universal child benefits and the labour supply of single mothers in Canada.

Koebel investigated the impact of the Universal Child Care Benefit on the participation rate of single mothers in Canada’s labour force.

She found married mothers were found to work less when receiving this benefit.

And divorced and separated mothers were found to be working by 2.4 percent more than their married counterparts after the introduction of the UCCB in 2006.

Koebel’s next steps are to determine an explanation for this result.