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Does Job Corps Work? Impact Findings from the National Job Corps Study

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  • Peter Z. Schochet
  • John Burghardt
  • Sheena McConnell
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    This paper presents findings from an experimental evaluation of Job Corps, the nation’s largest training program for disadvantaged youths. The study used survey data collected over four years, as well as tax data collected over nine years, for a nationwide sample of 15,400 treatments and controls. The Job Corps model has promise; program participation increases educational attainment, reduces criminal activity, and increases earnings for several postprogram years. Based on tax data, however, the earnings gains were not sustained except for the oldest participants. Nonetheless, Job Corps is the only federal training program that has been shown to increase earnings for this population.

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    Paper provided by Mathematica Policy Research in its series Mathematica Policy Research Reports with number 6097.

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    Date of creation: 30 Dec 2008
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    Handle: RePEc:mpr:mprres:6097

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    Keywords: Job Corps; Disadvantaged Youths; Youth Employment;

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    Cited by:
    1. Jens Mohrenweiser, 2013. "Which firms train disadvantaged youth?," Economics of Education Working Paper Series 0087, University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU).
    2. Peter Z. Schochet & Ronald D'Amico & Jillian Berk & Nathan Wozny, 2012. "Methodological Notes Regarding the Impact Analysis," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 7734, Mathematica Policy Research.
    3. Roel van Elk & Marc van der Steeg & Dinand Webbink, 2013. "The effects of a special program for multi-problem school dropouts on educational enrolment, employment and criminal behaviour; Evidence from a field experiment," CPB Discussion Paper 241, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.
    4. 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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