Behavioral Insights Make Programs More Effective

Positive effects on retirement savings, OHSA safety citations, and reemployment.

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Improving Outcomes for Low-Income Workers

Final Brief from Employment Strategies for Low-Income Adults Evidence Review

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The Robots Are Coming

Will a guaranteed minimum income help?

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Getting Americans Back to Work

Read Dana Rotz’s op-ed in The Hill on the Workforce Investment Act.

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Supporting Self-Employment

Studies examine efforts to help workers launch businesses, create jobs.

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Hit Hard by the Great Recession

Studies shed light on experiences of the unemployed.

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Employment

A successful career and the financial stability that comes with it are central to the American dream. But not everyone in or entering the workforce has the education and training necessary to achieve their goals. The barriers to employment are particularly acute for young people in poverty; low-income adults; ex-offenders; veterans, their spouses, and spouses of service members; older workers; persons with disabilities; and laid-off workers in declining industries. Mathematica analyzes programs and policies intended to help these individuals succeed in the labor market, and we help government agencies and nonprofit organizations provide education, training, and employment services more effectively and efficiently.


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Decades of research have shown that
for low-income, disadvantaged, low-skilled people

participating in training programs can be effective at increasing their earnings.