ERIC Number: ED213763
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
An Adaptation of Dual Labor Market Theory to the Evaluation of an Youth Employment Project.
Spiessl, Ronald W.
This paper reports the problems arising out of, and the solution developed, in adapting dual labor market theory to the evaluation of a CETA youth employment demonstration project. The theory posits that some jobs operate within a primary labor market, and are characterized by good wages and benefits, job security and potential for within firm advancement, while other jobs operate within a secondary labor market and are deficient in those areas. The Career Advancement Voucher Demonstration Project was established to determine if two years of college would significantly improve the ability of these youth to enter the primary labor market. Several problems encountered in adapting the theory to program evaluation are discussed. In operationalizing the concepts, the theory was deficient for some industries, and it is hypothesized that a second type labor market - an occupation-centered market - is superimposed over the industry-centered labor market. Further, dual labor market theory has important implications with respect to an individual's career, but this evaluation took place at the beginning of the youth's work history. As a secondary source of information, an in-depth analysis of changes in career aspirations is suggested. (Author/GK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Career Advancement Voucher Demonstration Project; CETA Youth Employment Program
Note: Paper presented at the Joint Annual Meeting of the Evaluation Network and Evaluation Research Society (Austin, TX, October 1-3, 1981).