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The Benefits and Costs of JTPA Title II-A Programs: Key Findings from the National Job Training Partnership Act Study

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  • Howard S. Bloom
  • Larry L. Orr
  • Stephen H. Bell
  • George Cave
  • Fred Doolittle
  • Winston Lin
  • Johannes M. Bos
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    Abstract

    This paper examines the benefits and costs of Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) Title II-A programs for economically disadvantaged adults and out-of-school youths. It is based on a 21,000-person randomized experiment conducted within ongoing Title II-A programs at 16 local JTPA Service Delivery Areas (SDAs) from around the country. In the paper, we present the background and design of our study, describe the methodology used to estimate program impacts, present estimates of program impacts on earnings and educational attainment, and assess the overall success of the programs studied through a benefit-cost analysis.

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    Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Journal of Human Resources.

    Volume (Year): 32 (1997)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 549-576

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    Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:32:y:1997:i:3:p:549-576

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    2. Sara Heller & Harold A. Pollack & Roseanna Ander & Jens Ludwig, 2013. "Preventing Youth Violence and Dropout: A Randomized Field Experiment," NBER Working Papers 19014, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    4. Elaine Sorensen, 2010. "Rethinking public policy toward low-income fathers in the child support program," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 29(3), pages 604-610.
    5. Adrian Fleissig, 2014. "Return on Investment from Training Programs and Intensive Services," Atlantic Economic Journal, International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 42(1), pages 39-51, March.
    6. James J. Heckman & Carolyn Heinrich & Jeffrey Smith, 2002. "The Performance of Performance Standards," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 37(4), pages 778-811.
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    9. Heisz, Andrew & Corak, Miles, 1999. "Death and Divorce: The Long-term Consequences of Parental Loss on Adolescents," Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series 1999135e, Statistics Canada, Analytical Studies Branch.
    10. Alan B. Krueger, 2002. "Inequality, Too Much of a Good Thing," Working Papers 115, Princeton University, Department of Economics, Center for Economic Policy Studies..
    11. Raaum, Oddbjørn & Torp, Hege & Zhang, Tao, 2003. "Do individual programme effects exceed the costs? Norwegian evidence on long run effects of labour market training," Memorandum 15/2002, Oslo University, Department of Economics.

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