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Experimenting with Caseworker Direction: Evidence from Voucher-Funded Job Training

Experimenting with Caseworker Direction: Evidence from Voucher-Funded Job Training <p>ABSTRACT:</p><p>We experimentally study the intensity of caseworker direction given to eligible voucher recipients selecting a job-training program. Requiring counseling led some to forgo training, but those assigned to the most directive approach had higher survey-reported earnings seven years after study entry, with targeting implications: dislocated workers did no worse with optional counseling, while disadvantaged workers earned less. Although impacts on earnings were inconsistent for dislocated workers when using administrative data, they were consistent for disadvantaged workers. Finally, using simulations, we find that changing caseworker direction can have impacts that are similar in magnitude to participating in any job training.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Human Resources University of Wisconsin Press

Experimenting with Caseworker Direction: Evidence from Voucher-Funded Job Training

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University of Wisconsin Press
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Abstract

<p>ABSTRACT:</p><p>We experimentally study the intensity of caseworker direction given to eligible voucher recipients selecting a job-training program. Requiring counseling led some to forgo training, but those assigned to the most directive approach had higher survey-reported earnings seven years after study entry, with targeting implications: dislocated workers did no worse with optional counseling, while disadvantaged workers earned less. Although impacts on earnings were inconsistent for dislocated workers when using administrative data, they were consistent for disadvantaged workers. Finally, using simulations, we find that changing caseworker direction can have impacts that are similar in magnitude to participating in any job training.</p>

Journal

Journal of Human ResourcesUniversity of Wisconsin Press

Published: Apr 17, 2020

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