ERIC Number: ED057226
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Mar
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Evaluations of the War on Poverty; The Feasibility of Benefit-Cost Analysis for Manpower Programs.
Woltman, Harry R.; Walton, William W.
To investigate the feasibility of applying benefit-cost analysis to poverty programs, participants in Job Corps and Neighborhood Youth Corps Out of School programs were surveyed. Program participants were compared with control groups of accepted applicants who did not show up for enrollment. Program effects were measured in terms of economic and social improvement, and benefits were extrapolated into a lifetime benefit stream. Although high benefit-cost ratios were found for NYC and extremely low ratios were found for the Job Corps, neither can be shown to be statistically valid. Improvements in employment were not demonstrated for either program, although there may have been a slight improvement in wages for those who were working. Projecting these uncertain effects into lifetime benefits increases the uncertainty. A standard evaluation format and procedure for manpower programs is recommended. This document is part of a series available as ED 041 979 and VT 014 297-014 300. (BH)
Descriptors: Adult Vocational Education, Cost Effectiveness, Disadvantaged Youth, Feasibility Studies, Federal Programs, On the Job Training, Out of School Youth, Poverty Programs
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Sponsor: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: RMC Research Corp., Arlington, VA.