Net Impact Evaluation of Washington State's Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) Program

Last registered on October 15, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Net Impact Evaluation of Washington State's Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) Program
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0008349
Initial registration date
October 11, 2021
Last updated
October 15, 2021, 10:27 AM EDT

Locations

Primary Investigator

Affiliation
Employment Security Department, Washington State

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
Employment Security Department, Washington State
PI Affiliation
Employment Security Department, Washington State

Additional Trial Information

Status
In development
Start date
2021-10-18
End date
2022-10-21
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Abstract
Washington State provides reemployment services to unemployment insurance claimants through the Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) program. We aim to measure the net impact of this program on claimants' job search and career outcomes. To do so, we will use a randomized controlled trial, where some claimants are selected to participate in the RESEA program and some are not. We will analyze administrative records to measure average program effects on claim duration, the likelihood of finding a job, wages and earnings once reemployed, and the quality of the employer-employee match. We will use two econometric models to estimate employer-employee match quality, both of which are built on the canonical Abowd, Kramarz, and Margolis (1999) model. We anticipate that we will collect experimental data for at least one year.

Work Cited:
Abowd, J. M., Kramarz, F., & Margolis, D. N. (1999). High wage workers and high wage firms. Econometrica, 67(2), 251-333.
External Link(s)

Registration Citation

Citation
Klein, Matthew, Olga Kondratjeva and Daegoon Lee. 2021. "Net Impact Evaluation of Washington State's Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) Program ." AEA RCT Registry. October 15. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.8349-1.0
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
Some unemployment insurance recipients are selected to participate in the Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) program. Once selected, they are notified that they must select an appointment time and location through an online portal.

In this appointment, service delivery staff assess whether the claimant is complying with the job search requirements of unemployment insurance. Then they assist the claimant with their job search by providing labor market information, providing help with understanding what types of jobs they may be a good fit for, providing help with the development of a reemployment plan, and connecting the claimant with additional government services like interview preparation and training programs.

At the end of the meeting, at least one mandatory follow-up meeting is scheduled. The first follow-up is similar to the initial meeting; both typically last about an hour. If claimants fail to report for these appointments, or fail to schedule them, they may forfeit some of the unemployment compensation they are entitled to. Further follow-ups, should they be scheduled, focus on assisting the claimant with their specific job search, checking in about specific applications or interviews and providing tailored guidance.
Intervention Start Date
2021-10-18
Intervention End Date
2022-10-21

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
1) earnings in the quarter of the initial unemployment insurance claim
2) earnings in the quarter after the initial unemployment insurance claim
3) earnings in the second quarter after the initial unemployment insurance claim

4) employment in the quarter of the initial unemployment insurance claim
5) employment in the quarter after the initial unemployment insurance claim
6) employment in the second quarter after the initial unemployment insurance claim

7) hours worked in the quarter of the initial unemployment insurance claim
8) hours worked in the quarter after the initial unemployment insurance claim
9) hours worked in the second quarter after the initial unemployment insurance claim

10) claim duration
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Match quality between the employer and the employee.
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
We will use two methods to measure match quality: the model developed in Woodcock (2015) and the one used in Farooq, Kugler, and Muratori (2020). The citations for these papers are as follows:

Farooq, A., Kugler, A. D., & Muratori, U. (2020). Do Unemployment Insurance Benefits Improve Match Quality? Evidence from Recent US Recessions (No. w27574). National Bureau of Economic Research.

Woodcock, S. D. (2015). Match effects. Research in Economics, 69(1), 100-121.


Experimental Design

Experimental Design
Eligible claimants will be selected at random to receive services (the treatment group) or not (the control group). More details are provided in the attached Analysis Plan.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization conducted via the software system that notifies claimants of their selection to participate in the RESEA program.
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
The treatment is provided to individuals, not clusters of individuals.
Sample size: planned number of observations
See the analysis plan for more information.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
See the analysis plan for more information.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
See the analysis plan for more information.
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Washington State Institutional Review Board
IRB Approval Date
2021-10-06
IRB Approval Number
2021-080
Analysis Plan

Analysis Plan Documents

RESEA RCT Analysis Plan

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Uploaded At: October 11, 2021