ERIC Number: ED220601
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Reference Count: 0
CETA Training Programs: Do They Work for Adults?
Bloom, Howard S.; McLaughlin, Maureen A.
In preparation for the scheduled expiration of the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) legislation at the end of fiscal year 1982, background information was gathered to analyze the effects of CETA training on participants' post-program earnings. An analysis was made of information gathered on persons over 24-years-old who entered a CETA program between January 1975 and June 1976 (the most recent group for which appropriate data were available) and of a comparison group of low-income persons who were not in a CETA training program. The findings suggest the following conclusions: (1) Training increased the average future earnings of female participants substantially (an average gain of between $800 and $1,300 annually). This was probably because CETA training programs increased hours worked more than wage rates and because female participants had less past employment experience than male participants; (2) Training did not seem to affect the average future earnings of male participants. This was probably because men had previously been employed more than women and there was little effect on their wage rates; and (3) Both male and female participants with the least past employment experience had the largest earning gains after training. It was suggested that future job-training legislation consider different means for addressing the employment problems of persons with little previous employment experience and of persons with previous employment experience but chronically low earnings. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Congressional Budget Office.; National Commission for Employment Policy (DOL), Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Comprehensive Employment and Training Act; Reauthorization Legislation