This demonstration is designed to test a new model for assisting unemployed and underemployed workers with limited opportunities in their traditional fields, who are interested in starting businesses in their fields of expertise.
- Experimental and quasi-experimental research designs
- Quantitative data collection and analysis
- Evaluation of active labor market policies
- Training and Reemployment
- Economic Development, Job Creation and Entrepreneurship
- Unemployment Insurance
Heinrich Hock is an expert on quantitative evaluation methods applied to research on unemployment, education and training, and reemployment services.
He currently leads the impact analysis for a random-assignment evaluation of a new self-employment training program for dislocated workers sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). He also leads the quantitative analysis for a randomized study of a DOL initiative expanding the capacities of the American Job Center system to better serve people with disabilities. He additionally conducts research to determine the effectiveness of other efforts to enhance the work outcomes of people with disabilities receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits and/or participating in vocational rehabilitation programs. In the past, Hock has designed and led studies of the unemployment insurance program recipients and contributed to descriptive outcomes analyses for women and veterans participating in federal workforce programs.
In addition, Hock is contributing to a Mathematica methodological initiative that seeks to strengthen the evaluation of education and training programs when random assignment is not feasible or practical. The initiative tests the validity of evolving quasi-experimental methods using a data-driven approach, comparing the quasi-experimental impact estimates to benchmarks established from random assignment designs. This work is funded by the National Science Foundation.
His earlier work at Mathematica includes projects for D.C. Public Schools and the U.S. Department of Education to develop value-added methods for assessing the effectiveness of teachers and schools. Hock holds a Ph.D. in economics from Brown University and came to Mathematica in 2009 from Florida State University, where he was an assistant professor of economics.
Evaluation of the Unemployment Compensation Provisions of ARRA
This evaluation assessed states’ decisions to adopt unemployment compensation provisions that expanded eligibility and/or provided extra weeks of benefits. It also estimated effects of additional benefits on earnings and employment outcomes of recipients.
Helping Veterans Search for Work: Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Servicemembers' Claimants Evaluation
The rise in the number of veterans receiving Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Servicemembers and the cost of this program have led to an initiative to support improved outreach and services. We evaluated projects in four states.
Unemployment Insurance Exhaustees Study
This study examines workers who collected unemployment insurance during and just after the Great Recession, when benefits entitlements increased from 26 to 99 weeks. It describes characteristics and experiences of workers who exhausted available benefits and how they fared after exhaustion.