Does Job Corps Work? Impact Findings from the National Job Corps Study

Publisher: American Economic Review, vol. 98, no. 5
Dec 30, 2008
Authors
Peter Z. Schochet, John Burghardt, and Sheena McConnell
This paper presents findings from an experimental evaluation of Job Corps, the nation’s largest training program for disadvantaged youths. The study used survey data collected over four years, as well as tax data collected over nine years, for a nationwide sample of 15,400 treatments and controls. The Job Corps model has promise; program participation increases educational attainment, reduces criminal activity, and increases earnings for several postprogram years. Based on tax data, however, the earnings gains were not sustained except for the oldest participants. Nonetheless, Job Corps is the only federal training program that has been shown to increase earnings for this population.