This project aims to identify and rigorously evaluate the effectiveness of innovative programs designed to promote employment and economic security among low-income individuals with complex challenges to employment, such as health conditions, criminal history, or limited work skills and experience.
Training and Reemployment
We have analyzed the effectiveness of different reemployment strategies, including training and services for displaced workers, and conducted the most comprehensive study to date of the long-term impacts of different Individual Training Account models to help unemployed Americans get training to help them return to work. The Workforce Investment Act (WIA), which replaced the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) in 1998, consolidated a fragmented system of employment and training programs and provide universal access to services. The reform stressed customer choice, gave state and local agencies more flexibility in service design, strengthened local accountability for customer outcomes, engaged businesses, and changed services provided to youth. Our rigorous evaluations of programs such as the WIA Adult and Dislocated Worker programs, which is estimating the programs’ effects on employment and earnings for adults, dislocated workers, and key subgroups, are providing evidence to inform decision making .
Next Generation of Enhanced Employment Strategies Project (NextGen)
Retirement and Disability Research Consortium
The Retirement and Disability Research Consortium is an extramural research program that was established by the U.S. Social Security Administration in 2018. Mathematica’s Center for Studying Disability Policy has partnered with the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College in this effort.
Karen Needels is a labor economist with significant expertise in design, data collection, and analysis for experimental and nonexperimental evaluations of the unemployment insurance (UI) system.Featured ProjectsFeatured Publications
- Unemployment Compensation During the Great Recession: Theory and Evidence
- The EUC08 Program in Theoretical and Historical Perspective
- Training and Re-employment
- Unemployment Insurance
- Human Services