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The effects of youth transition programs on labor market outcomes of youth with disabilities

David Dean, John Pepper (), Robert Schmidt and Steven Stern

Economics of Education Review, 2019, vol. 68, issue C, 68-88

Abstract: The process of “transitioning” to adulthood for youth with disabilities has long been recognized to be an important but understudied public policy concern. This paper evaluates the labor market effects of Virginia’s school-to-work vocational evaluation program, PERT. Using a unique panel data set containing more than a decade of labor market and service information, we provide the first-ever assessment of the long-term employment impacts of a transitioning program for youth with disabilities. Overall, the estimated effects are substantial: PERT has an estimated median quarterly rate of return of nearly 30%.

Date: 2019
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