Encouraging the unemployed into sustained work

[ employment-and-welfare  duration-analysis  ]

This project used data collected from random assignment evaluations of the “Employment Retention and Advancement” (ERA) programmes carried out in Texas and the UK. In both cases, ERA offered temporary earnings supplements and caseworker support to encourage full-time employment among welfare recipients. This study looked beyond overall impacts to assess the separate effects on employment entry and employment retention. This is motivated by the fact that increased retention helps individuals to gain valuable work experience, acquire new skills, increase their earnings, enjoy greater employment stability and so on. The study also explored the reasons behind the different effect seen in Texas and the UK.


Dorsett, R., Hendra, R., Robins, P. And Williams, S. (2015) Can Post-Employment Services Combined with Financial Incentives Improve Employment Retention for Welfare Recipients? Evidence from the Texas Employment Retention and Advancement Evaluation

Dorsett, R. (2014) The effect of temporary in-work support on employment retention: evidence from a field experiment Labour Economics 31: 61-71

Dorsett, R. (2013) Can temporary in-work support help the long-term unemployed enter sustained work?


Economic and Social Research Council