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Current Studies

Evaluation of the Unemployment Compensation Provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009

Purpose:

  • 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.

Background:

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.

Research Questions:

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?

Tasks:

  • 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.