Community Ventures: Sustaining Living Wage Jobs

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

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 and controlled trial to assess how access to stable employment at a living wage affects a series of social and economic outcomes for for low-income, structurally-unemployed people 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