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Implementation and Relative Impacts of Two Job Search Assistance Programs in New York City

Karin Martinson, Eleanor Harvill, Daniel Litwok, Deena Schwartz, Siobhan Mills De La Rosa, Correne Saunders and Stephen Bell


April 9, 2019

A rigorous evaluation examined the difference in employment and public assistance benefit receipt of two job search assistance programs for cash assistance applicants in New York City: one required a daily attendance requirement at the program office and the other required attendance once a week.  The study did not find a difference in employment or earning levels, but the more rigorous program decreased the receipt of cash and food assistance benefits.