Research Report Can We Improve Job Retention and Advancement among Low-Income Working Parents?
Harry Holzer, Karin Martinson
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In this paper we review the evidence on four approaches to improving job retention and advancement among low-income working adults. These four approaches are: 1) Financial incentives and supports; 2) Case management and service provision, often by labor market intermediaries; 3) Skill development strategies; and 4) Employer-focused efforts, such as sectoral strategies and career ladder development at private firms. Within each category, we find at least some evidence of positive impacts on retention or advancement. Among the most promising approaches are the use of labor market intermediaries for job placements, the use of community colleges for training, and a variety of efforts that involve local employers. Mixed strategies that combine strong financial incentives and supports with labor market services and training also show promise. The paper also identifies areas where additional evaluation is needed.
Research Areas Education Social safety net Workforce
Tags Workforce development Workplace and industry studies Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Welfare and safety net programs Public service and subsidized employment programs