Community Ventures: Sustaining Living Wage Jobs

Even as the economy has improved, the unemployment among low-educated workers — especially for those living in high poverty areas like Detroit — remains high.

This project will build on the State of Michigan’s successful Community Ventures program, which provides wage reimbursement grants to participating employers and support services to help low-income, structurally unemployed adults succeed in the labor market. The State of Michigan and researchers at the University of Michigan will partner to implement a large randomized controlled trial to assess the effects of access to stable employment at a living wage for low-income, structurally unemployed individuals on a series of social and economic outcomes in Detroit, Flint, Pontiac, and/or Saginaw. This program has significant potential to inform policymaking in other states and at the federal level, making a Michigan-based program a model for the nation. This project is funded through the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL North America).

H. Luke Shaefer, U-M Poverty Solutions
Brian Jacob, U-M Ford School of Public Policy
Elisabeth Gerber, U-M Ford School of Public Policy