Public Use Data Files from the Evaluation of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program

These public use files are SAS datasets which contain information, collected and analyzed for the Evaluation of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program, on TAA-eligible workers and their matched comparison group members in 26 randomly selected states. Both the data files and accompanying documentation were prepared by Mathematica Policy Research, the subcontractor to Social Policy Research Associates, the prime contractor for the TAA evaluation.

The data cover two “treatment” groups: 1) workers who received a significant service from the TAA program (i.e., TAA participants) and 2) workers who were eligible for TAA but did not receive a significant TAA service (i.e., nonparticipants). Each treatment group had its own matched comparison group. All treatment and comparison group members lost their jobs and became claimants for Unemployment Insurance (UI) from 2004 to 2007, though most became unemployed in 2005 and 2006.

Information in the datasets was drawn from responses to two telephone surveys: 1) an initial (baseline) survey, conducted with both treatment and comparison groups on average 29 months after job loss and 2) a follow-up survey, conducted with only participants and their matched comparisons about 23 months after the initial survey. The data includes information on the 8,438 treatment and comparison group members who completed either the initial or follow-up survey.

Public Use Data Files

Public Use Documentation

The data were used in multiple reports which were prepared as part of the TAA evaluation. The reports, available in the ETA Research Publication Database (, include the following: