Sari Kerr, Ph.D. : Do Temporary-Help Jobs Improve the Earnings of Unemployed Women?
Lunchtime Seminar March 24, 2011 (46:10 min.)

Welfare-to-work programs are based on the principle that the best way out of welfare is to be placed in a job that will eventually provide stable employment and higher earnings. Using data on Detroit’s Work First program, Sari Kerr, Ph.D. will show that the nature of the job placement (temporary-help versus direct-hire) during the program is a crucial determinant for the success of that strategy. Kerr, a senior research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women, conducted this research in collaboration with David Autor (MIT) and Susan Houseman (Upjohn Institute for Employment Research).

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