Chief Evaluation Office
Evaluation of the Unemployment Compensation Provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009
- To provide evidence of the role and effects of how the unemployment compensation (UC) provisions under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) assisted unemployed workers.
- To understand the challenges that states faced in the implementation of those provisions.
The ARRA added several provisions with regard to UC including:
- Extensions of the number of weeks that unemployment insurance (UI) is available through Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) and temporary 100% federal funding of most extended benefit (EB) costs;
- An additional UI compensation increase of $25 per week for all three programs;
- The first $2,400 of UI benefits being free of federal income taxation;
- Temporary suspension of interest payments on all state trust fund advances (loans); and
- UI modernization.
For each change to the UC system, four primary research questions will be addressed:
- For the provisions that allowed state choice, how did states make their decisions and what factors affected the outcome of the decision making process?
- What were the implications of state decisions on implementation of the new provisions?
- What were the characteristics of the claimants that were affected?
- What were the impacts of the provisions?
- Write report that focuses on UI Modernization provisions.
- Write report that will examine the EB and EUC provisions.
- Write report that will focus on the impacts of the ARRA provisions on claimants.
Project Duration: 36 months
Contract End Date: September 2014
Contractor: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.