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Are Two Carrots Better Than One? The Effects of Adding Employment Services to Financial Incentive Programs for Welfare Recipients

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  • Phillip K. Robins

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    (Department of Economics, University of Miami)

  • Charles Michalopoulos

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    (MDRC)

  • Kelly Foley

    ()
    (University of British Columbia)

Abstract

The Self-Sufficiency Project (SSP) was a social experiment conducted in two provinces in Canada during the 1990s that tested a generous financial incentive program for welfare recipients. A little-known subsidiary experiment, called SSP Plus, had a three-way design that tested the incremental effect of adding employment services to the generous financial incentive program. Employment services are viewed by many welfare analysts as an important component of an overall strategy for helping welfare recipients escape poverty and achieve stable employment. This paper presents the results of the SSP Plus experiment. Adding employment services encouraged more people to take up the earnings supplement, and it appeared to have long-term effects on full-time employment and welfare receipt. This might be because the services improved the jobs people obtained. Both earnings and wage rates were higher compared to earnings and wages without the services and the jobs held appeared to be more sustainable.

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Paper provided by University of Miami, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0713.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2006
Date of revision: Oct 2007
Publication status: Forthcoming Industrial and Labor Relations Review
Handle: RePEc:mia:wpaper:0713

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Keywords: Labor supply; social program evaluation; welfare policy;

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  2. Nathan Berg & Todd Gabel, 2013. "Effects of New Welfare Reform Strategies on Welfare Participation: Microdata Estimates from Canada," Working Papers 1304, University of Otago, Department of Economics, revised Feb 2013.
  3. Dr Richard Dorsett, 2013. "Can Post-Employment Services Combined with Financial Incentives Improve Employment Retention for Welfare Recipients? Evidence from the Texas Employment Retention and Advancement Evaluation," NIESR Discussion Papers 11275, National Institute of Economic and Social Research.

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