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Measuring the Effect of Subsidized Training Programs on Movements In andOut of Employment

David Card, Daniel Sullivan

NBER Working Paper No. 2173
Issued in February 1987
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We present a variety of alternative estimates of the effect of training on the probability of employment for adult male participants in the 1976 Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) program. Our results suggest that CETA participation increased the probability of employment in the three years after training by from 2 to 5 percentage points. Classroom training programs appear to have had significantly larger effects than on-the--job programs, although the estimated effects of both kinds of programs are consistently positive. We also find that movements in and out of employment for the trainees and a control group of nonparticipants are reasonably well described by a first-order Markov process, conditional on individual heterogeneity. In the context of this model, CETA participation appears to have increased both the probability of moving into employment, and the probability of continuing employment.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w2173

Published: Econometrica, Vol. 56, (May 1988).

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