This evaluation examined implementation, processes, and strategies grantee clusters use to accelerate regional economic development, and whether federal funding and program structure accelerate the creation of high-wage jobs and innovation.
Economic Development Job Creation and Entrepreneurship
Many individuals are motivated and capable of developing small businesses but lack access to credit or have little business expertise. Recognizing this untapped potential, DOL initiated a demonstration to test ways of helping emerging entrepreneurs create, sustain, and/or expand their existing small businesses. We evaluated this initiative, Project GATE (Growing America Through Entrepreneurship), finding that it had a small but significant effect on business ownership. We also conduct the Kauffman Firm Survey, the largest longitudinal survey of new businesses in the world, to catalyze understanding of how various factors influence entrepreneurship.
Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge Grants Evaluation
Zambia: Increasing Economic and Social Empowerment for Girls and Women
Mathematica is evaluating the EMPOWER: Increasing Economic and Social Empowerment for Adolescent Girls and Vulnerable Women project, implemented by Winrock International and funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Heinrich Hock is an expert on quantitative evaluation methods applied to research on unemployment, education and training, and reemployment services.Featured Projects
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- Evaluation of the Unemployment Compensation Provisions of ARRA
- Unemployment Compensation During the Great Recession: Theory and Evidence
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- Economic Development, Job Creation and Entrepreneurship
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