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Title:The Determinants of Participation in a Social Program: Evidence from a Prototypical Job Training Program PDF Logo
Authors:Heckman, James Joseph
Smith, Jeffrey A.
Issue Date:2003
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 798
Abstract:This paper decomposes the participation process of a prototypical program into eligibility, awareness, application, acceptance and enrollment. With this decomposition, we determine the sources of unequal participation for different groups, and demonstrate that variables often have very different effects at different stages in the participation process. Our analysis shows that personal choices substantially affect participation and that awareness of program eligibility is a major source of variation in participation.
Subjects:social program participation
job training
performance standards
cream skimming
Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA)
JEL:J24
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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