Using integrated data to examine the effects of summer youth employment program completion on educational and criminal justice system outcomes: Evidence from Cuyahoga County, Ohio

Meghan Salas Atwell, Jeesoo Jeon, Youngmin Cho, Claudia Coulton, Eric Lewis, Alena Sorensen

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Abstract

The current study builds the evidence base on the effects of Summer Youth Employment Programs (SYEP) both geographically and methodologically by linking SYEP participant records to a comprehensive integrated longitudinal database to better understand programmatic impacts on youth who completed participation in an SYEP in Cleveland, Ohio. The study matches SYEP participants and unselected applicants on various observed covariates using the Child Household Integrated Longitudinal Data (CHILD) System and relies upon propensity score matching techniques to estimate program completion impacts on educational and criminal justice system involvement outcomes. SYEP completion is associated with a lower prevalence of juvenile offense filings and incarceration events, better school attendance, and improved graduation rates 1–2 years following program participation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102284
JournalEvaluation and Program Planning
Volume99
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2023

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Keywords

  • Human capital
  • Job mobility
  • Public policy
  • Skills
  • Youth

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