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Current Study

Microsimulation Model on Worker Leave

Purpose:

  • The goal for this study is to produce an open-sourced and public-use version of a worker leave simulation tool, the IWPR-ACM Family Medical Leave Simulation Model. The simulation model provides detailed estimates of the utilization and cost of alternative worker leave scenarios, at the national and state level, based on actual known leave-taking behavior (from DOLís Family and Medical Leave Act Ė FMLA- surveys) and the working populationís demographic characteristics (from the American Community Survey - ACS). The study will update the tool with the latest micro-data, as well as add a new module, or functionality, to the simulator: an Administrative and Benefit Financing Module. This new module will allow for estimates of administrative and benefit costs for financing and operating a paid leave program (at federal, state, and/or local levels).

Key Components:

  • Enhance, update, and document the IWPR-ACM microsimulation model for worker leave to be an objective open-sourced modeling platform with full capacity for public use.
  • Develop a module to allow for government estimates of administrative and benefit costs for financing and operating a paid leave program.
  • Update and test the model with the most complete and up-to-date volume of source data available (i.e., ACS and FMLA survey data).
  • Create materials to support the dissemination of the model (short papers, briefings).

Project Duration: 24 Months

Contract End Date: September 2019

Contractor: : IMPAQ International, with Institute for Women's Policy Research

For More Information: CHIEFEVALUATIONOFFICE@DOL.GOV