Earnings Progression and the Workforce Investment Act: Evidence from Washington State

Source: Colleen K. Chrisinger, Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 52 no. 4, October 2013
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From the abstract:
This research measures earnings progression among participants in federally funded Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs in the state of Washington during the period 2001 through 2008, using state administrative data and propensity score-weighted regressions. Unlike previous evaluations that have emphasized earnings levels, this study addresses both earnings progression and levels to assess whether workers are on a path to reaching economic self-sufficiency within a short time after participation. The analysis finds that participants in WIA Adult services had similar earnings progression as people receiving only less-intensive Labor Exchange services.