ERIC Number: ED203072
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-May
Reference Count: N/A
A Comparison of Public and Private Sector Worksites--An Interim Report. Youth Work Experience. Youth Knowledge Development Report 7.7.
Gilsinan, James F.; Tomey, E. Allan
A study compared the effectiveness of public and private sector work experience programs. In five locations equal numbers of jobs were developed in the private and public/nonprofit sectors. To equalize the incentives relative to the public sector, full wage subsidies were provided on an experimental basis in the private sector. Youth were matched in pairs and randomly assigned to one of the two sectors. They were tested at entry and completion using the Standardized Assessment System and supplemental measures. Preliminary results of the study indicated that it is harder to develop jobs and match disadvantaged out-of-school youth to jobs in the private sector, even when full wage costs are covered. Youth are more frequently terminated in the private sector. Finally, the subsequent placement rate into unsubsidized jobs as a percentage of all participants is higher in the private sector, while the placement rate into subsidized plus unsubsidized jobs is about the same. Thus, the early finding is that the benefits of private sector employment do not significantly outweigh those of public or nonprofit sector employment for dropouts, although differences are in the anticipated directions. (Related youth knowledge and development reports are available--see note.) (MN)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Disadvantaged Youth, Dropouts, Economically Disadvantaged, Employment Programs, Job Development, Job Training, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Site Analysis, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs, Youth Employment, Youth Programs
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402 (Stock No. 029-014-00175-9, $5.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC. Office of Youth Programs.
Authoring Institution: Saint Louis Univ., MO. Center for Urban Programs.