Connecting the Disconnected: Improving Education and Employment Outcomes Among Disadvantaged Youth

by Harry J. Holzer; Peter B. Edelman

Jan 31, 2014

In this chapter we briefly review recent trends in employment outcomes for disadvantaged youth, ficusing specifically on those who have become "disconnected" from school and the labor market, and discuss the reasons for these trends. We then review a range of policy presciptions that improve those outcomes, including: efforts to enhance education and employment outcomes among both in-school youth who are at risk of dropping out and becoming disconnected and out-of-school youth who have already done so; policies to increase earnings and increase motivation among youth to participate in the labor force, such as as expanding the eligibility of chidless adults (and especially noncustodial parents, or NCPs) for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC); and specific policies to reduce barriers to employment faced byb ex-offenders and noncustodial parents.

Connecting the Disconnected: Improving Education and Employment Outcomes Among Disadvantaged Youth
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