Presents impact and benefit-cost findings from this large-scale random assignment evaluation of Job Corps.

"This report is the final in a series of project reports presenting impact and benefit-cost findings from this large-scale random assignment evaluation of Job Corps. The report serves two main purposes. First, it presents an additional year of earnings impacts to those presented in the previous project report (Schochet and Burghardt 2005) and updates findings from the benefit-cost analysis. Second, it places the earnings impact findings in perspective, by providing a comprehensive summary of key study findings across all project reports" (p.2). (Abstractor: Author)

Full publication title: National Job Corps Study and Longer-Term Follow-Up Study: Impact and Benefit-Cost Findings Using Survey and Summary Earnings Records Data Final Report


Major Findings & Recommendations

• "Job Corps substantially increases the education and training services that youths receive" (p.2). • "Job Corps improves literacy" (p.2). • "Job Corps generates earnings gains during the first two years after program exit" (p.2). • "Overall, there are no long-term program impacts on earnings" (p.3). • "Earnings gains persist for those 20- to 24 years old at program application" (p.3). • "Earnings impacts are not associated with center performance level, type of center operator, or center size" (p.3). • "Job Corps significantly reduces involvement with crime" (p.3). • "Job Corps has modest or no impacts on a range of other outcomes" (p.3). • "Because overall earnings gains do not persist, the benefits to society of Job Corps are smaller than the substantial program costs" (p.3). (Abstractor: Author)