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  • Individual Author: O'Leary, Christopher J.
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 1997

    Under all state unemployment insurance (UI) systems it is possible for claimants to collect benefits while employed and earning wages. The weekly benefit amount is usually unaffected for earnings below some threshold level, while earnings above the threshold frequently reduce the weekly benefit amount by some fraction of earnings.

    The legislature of Washington State authorized a field experiment to investigate if reemployment incentives in the UI partial benefit system could be improved by “allowing unemployment insurance claimants to keep a greater portion of their weekly benefits when engaged in part-time or temporary employment.” (author introduction)

    Under all state unemployment insurance (UI) systems it is possible for claimants to collect benefits while employed and earning wages. The weekly benefit amount is usually unaffected for earnings below some threshold level, while earnings above the threshold frequently reduce the weekly benefit amount by some fraction of earnings.

    The legislature of Washington State authorized a field experiment to investigate if reemployment incentives in the UI partial benefit system could be improved by “allowing unemployment insurance claimants to keep a greater portion of their weekly benefits when engaged in part-time or temporary employment.” (author introduction)

  • Individual Author: Ashenfelter, Orley; Ashmore, David; Deschênes, Olivier
    Reference Type: Journal Article
    Year: 2005

    In this paper, we report the results of the only field test of which we are aware that uses randomized trials to measure whether stricter enforcement and verification of work search behavior alone decreases unemployment claims and benefits paid in the U.S. unemployment insurance (UI) program. These experiments, which were implemented in four U.S. sites in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Virginia and Tennessee, were designed to explicitly test claims based on nonexperimental data, summarized in Burgess and Kingston (An Incentives Approach to Improving the Unemployment Compensation System, W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 1987), that a prime cause of overpayments is the failure of claimants to actively seek work. Our results provide no support for the view that the failure to actively search for work has been a cause of overpayment in the UI system. (Author abstract)

    In this paper, we report the results of the only field test of which we are aware that uses randomized trials to measure whether stricter enforcement and verification of work search behavior alone decreases unemployment claims and benefits paid in the U.S. unemployment insurance (UI) program. These experiments, which were implemented in four U.S. sites in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Virginia and Tennessee, were designed to explicitly test claims based on nonexperimental data, summarized in Burgess and Kingston (An Incentives Approach to Improving the Unemployment Compensation System, W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 1987), that a prime cause of overpayments is the failure of claimants to actively seek work. Our results provide no support for the view that the failure to actively search for work has been a cause of overpayment in the UI system. (Author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Gibbons, Scott
    Reference Type: Conference Paper
    Year: 2017

    This PowerPoint presentation from the 2017 NAWRS workshop discusses the design of an evaluation to assess intervention impacts on the duration of Unemployment Insurance receipt.

    This PowerPoint presentation from the 2017 NAWRS workshop discusses the design of an evaluation to assess intervention impacts on the duration of Unemployment Insurance receipt.

  • Individual Author: Gupta, Sonam; Srinivasan, Mithuna
    Reference Type: Conference Paper
    Year: 2017

    This PowerPoint presentation from the 2017 NAWRS Workshop discusses the mixed-methods evaluation of the Virginia Employment Through Entrepreneurship Consortium (VETEC) Program, a Workforce Innovation Fund initiative that provided technical assistance and training (between July 2012 to July 2017) to WIA-WIOA-eligible adults starting their own businesses.

    This PowerPoint presentation from the 2017 NAWRS Workshop discusses the mixed-methods evaluation of the Virginia Employment Through Entrepreneurship Consortium (VETEC) Program, a Workforce Innovation Fund initiative that provided technical assistance and training (between July 2012 to July 2017) to WIA-WIOA-eligible adults starting their own businesses.

  • Individual Author: Nanda, Neha
    Reference Type: Conference Paper
    Year: 2017

    This PowerPoint presentation from the 2017 NAWRS Workshop discusses the randomized controlled trial evaluation of the entrepreneurial training program Startup Quest® in Florida, supported through a Workforce Innovation (WIF) USDOL grant.

    This PowerPoint presentation from the 2017 NAWRS Workshop discusses the randomized controlled trial evaluation of the entrepreneurial training program Startup Quest® in Florida, supported through a Workforce Innovation (WIF) USDOL grant.

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