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Series # :
  ETAOP 2011-14
Title :
  The Effect of Continuing Education Participation on Agricultural Worker Outcomes
Release Date :
  May 9, 2011
Abstract :

Migrant farmworkers are among the poorest members of the working class served by the U.S. public workforce investment system. Stated goals of job training and employment assistance programs within this system, such as the National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP), include assisting migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their dependents increase "economic stability" by steadying agricultural employment and developing job skills. While important for strategic planning pertaining to future workforce investments, limited academic literature exists on migrant education programs, particularly on understanding the dynamics between continuing education participation and worker outcomes. This study investigates the effects of continuing education participation on wages, annual week allocations across agricultural and nonagricultural employment and time abroad, and poverty in this population. Data come from the U.S. Department of Labor's National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS), a nationally and regionally representative survey of employed U.S. farmworkers. Parametric and semi-parametric regression analysis suggests that continuing education participation is associated with higher wages all else equal, though variation across individual program categories is large. Furthermore, program participation is found positively related to both annual weeks in agricultural and nonagricultural work and negatively related to weeks spent outside of the U.S. and to poverty.
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 2011-11: 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

Publication Author(s)
Colorado State University
  • Anita Alves Pena
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