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National Job Corps Study: Findings Using Administrative Earnings Records Data

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  • Peter Schochet
  • Sheena McConnell
  • John Burghardt
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    This report uses annual Social Security earnings data employers report to the Internal Revenue Service, as well as quarterly wage records employers report to state unemployment insurance agencies, to examine impacts on earnings in years five to seven after random assignment. The research team found no impact on employment or earnings overall, suggesting that the benefits of the program are smaller than the substantial program costs. However, Job Corps may be cost-effective for older youth (those ages 20 to 24 when they applied to the program), whose positive earning gains observed early on in the evaluation persisted during the post-survey period. The authors note that only long-term followup can clarify questions about the program's cost-effectiveness.

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    Paper provided by Mathematica Policy Research in its series Mathematica Policy Research Reports with number 3604.

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    Length: 238
    Date of creation: 01 Oct 2003
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    Handle: RePEc:mpr:mprres:3604

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    Keywords: Job Corps; Youth Employment;

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    1. Couch, Kenneth A, 1992. "New Evidence on the Long-Term Effects of Employment Training Programs," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 10(4), pages 380-88, October.
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