ERIC Number: ED050271
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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Training the Poor. A Benefit-Cost Analysis of Manpower Programs in the U.S. Antipoverty Program.
Sewell, D. O.
This report critically reviews past benefit-cost studies of manpower programs and offers an alternative methodology for program evaluation. Because of selective admission criteria and a tendency to attribute all income changes to training, previous studies have had an upward bias in measuring the effectiveness of training. This study evaluates a community effort manpower program in which trainees were not selected on the basis of aptitude or intelligence. Nevertheless, the trainees were far from typical, so multiple regression analysis was used to isolate the effects of training on income. The results show a higher benefit-cost ratio for on-the-job training than for institutional training, especially for women. The report concluded that the program as a whole represents an efficient allocation of resources. (BH)
Descriptors: Adult Vocational Education, Cost Effectiveness, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Federal Programs, Income, Individual Characteristics, Poverty Programs, Program Evaluation, Resource Allocation, Unemployment
Industrial Relations Centre, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Manpower Policy, Evaluation, and Research (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Queen's Univ., Kingston (Ontario). Industrial Relations Centre.
Identifiers: Manpower Development and Training Act; Manpower Development and Training Act Programs