Evaluation of the Impacts of the Washington Initiative Work Search Experiment
Johnson, Terry R.
Klepinger, Daniel H.
Battelle Human Affairs Research Centers
This work search experiment was conducted in Tacoma, Washington. It tested four work search approaches that ranged in philosophy from an "exception-reporting" approach with no specific work search directives or monitoring to an intensive reemployment assistance early in the unemployment spell. Approximately 10,000 new unemployment insurance claimants were randomly assigned to one of the four treatment groups during the July 1986 to August 1987 enrollment period. The results indicated that various work search policies have different and important consequences for the UI Trust Fund. For example, relative to the standard work search policy, the authors found that more intensive reemployment services treatment reduces UI payments on average of one-half a week, or, $70 per claimant.