Measuring the Impact of a Technology Training Program on the Economic Mobility of Underserved Communities

Awarded Scholars:
Patrick Turner, University of Notre Dame
Tania Barham, University of Colorado, Boulder
Brian C. Cadena, University of Colorado at Boulder
Project Date:
Dec 2022
Award Amount:
$74,851

The federal government spends more than $19 billion annually on training programs designed to improve economic mobility for low- and moderately-paid workers. However, evidence of the efficacy of these programs is mixed. Economists Patrick Turner, Tania Barham, and Brian Cadena will examine the impact of a tuition free, non-profit IT training program on employment, earnings, and educational outcomes. They will partner with the organization NPower and conduct a randomized controlled trial evaluation of their Tech Fundamentals program for their study.

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