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The Determinants of Participation in a Social Program: Evidence from a Prototypical Job Training Program

James J. Heckman, Jeffrey A. Smith

NBER Working Paper No. 9818
Issued in July 2003
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This paper decomposes the participation process of a prototypical program into eligibility, awareness, application, acceptance and enrollment. With this decomposition, we determine the sources of unequal participation for different groups, and demonstrate that variables often have very different effects at different stages in the participation process. Our analysis shows that personal choices substantially affect participation and that awareness of program eligibility is a major source of variation in participation.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w9818

Published: James J. Heckman & Jeffrey A. Smith, 2004. "The Determinants of Participation in a Social Program: Evidence from a Prototypical Job Training Program," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 22(2), pages 243-298, April.

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