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12:30 - 13:45 8 July 2013

Comparing the employment effects of time-limited in-work support in Texas and the UK - an analysis of two experiments


IFS Seminar Room | Institute for Fiscal Studies (link Map)
7 Ridgmount Street | London | WC1E 7AE | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Student
Ticketing: Open

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Richard Dorsett, NIESR

The Employment Retention and Advancement (ERA) demonstrations in Texas and the UK trialled the provision of time-limited earnings supplements and caseworker support for out-of-work single parents on welfare. Despite being similar interventions, random assignment evaluation evidence showed stronger employment effects in Texas than the UK. In this paper, pooled individual-level data from these random assignment experiments are used to explore the reasons behind the difference. We estimate a multi-spell duration model of employment transitions, modified to capture Texas-UK differences in behaviour, background characteristics and unobserved heterogeneity. The results suggest that unobserved differences were particularly important: ERA worked better for some people than for others, and the group who were particularly receptive to it were more common in Texas than the UK.


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