Series # :
  ETAOP 2011-10
Title :
  Workforce Investment Act Training for Older Workers: Toward a Better Understanding of Older Worker Needs during the Economic Recovery
Release Date :
  May 9, 2011
Abstract :

This paper empirically examines factors affecting older workers' Entered Employment Rate using panel data models and identifies relevant policy implications. It starts with the background of an aging workforce and the current economic recession that makes training older workers critical. After reviewing literature on older workers' attributes and the uniqueness of older worker training, the paper tests two hypotheses: (1) some Workforce Investment Act (WIA) training and related service combinations can be identified to inform strategic decision-making about future allocations of WIA funds to serve older workers; and (2) WIA program success with older workers is sensitive to cyclical changes in labor market conditions. The paper relies on Workforce Investment Act Standardized Record Data 2007 data and Bureau of Labor Statistics unemployment data. After descriptive statistics, this paper adopts panel data models and empirically examines the impacts of unemployment rates and various WIA services and training on older workers' Entered Employment Rate. Older dislocated workers and older adults are examined separately. An innovative two-sector unemployment rate measure is adopted. Older workers' demographic and socioeconomic conditions are controlled and examined in the empirical investigation. Test findings as well as data attributes are discussed. This paper concludes with policy implications.
Other reports developed for the 2009 ETA Research Papers Program include:

ETAOP 2011-08: Privatization and Employment in the Implementation of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF): A Multi-Level Analysis

ETAOP 2011-09: Does Occupational Training by the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program Really Help Reemployment?: Success Measured as Matching

ETAOP 2011-11: Earnings Progression Among Workforce Development Participants: Evidence from Washington State

ETAOP 2011-12: Ensuring the Quality of Training Providers under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

ETAOP 2011-13: Policy and Low-Wage Labor Supply: A Case Study of Policy and Farm Labor Markets in New York State

ETAOP 2011-14: The Effect of Continuing Education Participation on Agricultural Worker Outcomes

Publication Author(s)
George Mason University
  • Ting Zhang
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