ERIC Number: ED167828
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
Assessing Large-Scale Public Job Creation. R&D Monograph 67.
Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
To assess the feasibility of large-scale, countercyclical public job creation, a study was initiated. Job creation program activities were examined in terms of how many activities could be undertaken; what would be their costs; and what would be their characteristics (labor-intensity, skill-mix, and political acceptability) that might contribute to cost benefit analysis. Onsite and offsite job-creation was considered. The potential inflationary pressure that could be generated was also considered. Finally, administrative and organizational issues that might pose significant implementation barriers were reviewed. Information was gathered through field visits and correspondence with national organization representatives in Washington and representatives from twenty-four local communities. Some major findings and conclusions are (1) the study identified 233 potential job-creation activities in twenty-one program areas. The largest number of activities were in public works, environmental quality, education, social services, and criminal justice; (2) inferences about average costs and targeting effectiveness should not be drawn from onsite job-creation and cost data alone; (3) worker selection targeting restrictions and eligibility criteria ought to be flexible; and (4) selected priorities areas include housing, health, and criminal justice. Inadequate planning time and training resources were singled out, among seven potential barriers, as amenable to policy actions to minimize the difficulties they produce. (CSS)
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, Community Programs, Cost Effectiveness, Employment Opportunities, Employment Potential, Employment Programs, Feasibility Studies, Job Development, Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Labor Needs, Occupational Information, Political Issues, Program Attitudes, Program Development, Public Policy, Public Service Occupations, Public Support, Unemployment
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Comprehensive Employment and Training Act