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Series # :
  ETAOP 2011-11
Title :
  Earnings Progression Among Workforce Development Participants: Evidence from Washington State
Release Date :
  May 9, 2011
Abstract :

This research measures earnings progression among participants in federally funded Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs in the state of Washington during the period 2001-2008, compared to that among participants in less intensive workforce services. Unlike previous evaluations that have emphasized earnings levels, this study addresses earnings progression in order to assess whether workers reach economic self-sufficiency within a short time after program participation. Using merged administrative data from the Unemployment Insurance system and the state's Services, Knowledge and Information Exchange System for workforce management, the question addressed by this research is: What is the difference in earnings progression between individuals in Washington who have received services from WIA Title I-B Adult training, intensive, or core programs and those who received services from only the Labor Exchange program? The primary method used to address this question is averaged individual-level ordinary least squares regressions weighted according to propensity scores to help account for self-selection into the treatment. The analysis finds that participants in the WIA Adult program had similar earnings progression as individuals in the less intensive program, Labor Exchange.
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 2011-10: Workforce Investment Act Training for Older Workers: Toward a Better Understanding of Older Worker Needs during the Economic Recovery

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)
University of Oregon
/ Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management
  • Colleen K Chrisinger
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