UI Research Exchange



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Occasional Paper 80-2
U.S. Department of Labor
Ray Marshall, Secretary
Employment and Training Administration
Ernest G. Green
Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training
Unemployment Insurance Service
1980

This publication was prepared by the
Division of Research Services, Office of
Research, Legislation and Program Policies,
Unemployment Insurance Service,
under the direction of Stephen A. Wandner.
The editor of this issue is Helen Manheimer.
The material in this document was
contributed by Unemployment Insurance
Service and State employment security
agency staff and does not necessarily
represent the official position or
policy of the Department of Labor.







Forward

I would like to encourage you to support the UI Research Exchange which is being initiated with this issue. Good research is essential for improving the way we do business and providing new directions for the future of the program. Research and evaluation are tools for improving program operations and for establishing and carrying out sound financing and budgeting procedures. Another significant aspect is the role research plays in the design and support of legislative proposals.

But doing good research is not enough. For research to make anything happen, the results must be communicated to policy makers and other researchers. That is why I urge you to support the Exchange as a means of improving the effectiveness of research communication.

  Robert B. Edwards
  Administrator
  Unemployment Insurance Service






INTRODUCTION

The first issue of the UI Research Exchange is being published by the Unemployment Insurance Service to increase the effectiveness of research throughout the UI program. Toward this goal, the Exchange provides a means of communication among researchers and between researchers and policymakers. The Exchange is designed to be an open forum for all UI re­searchers.

This issue contains a wide variety of research information. Announcements and reports are included on subjects such as meetings, personnel action, and recent legislation and financial developments. A prominent place is given to UI research projects -- both in progress and completed -- conducted by the State agencies, ICESA, the National Commission on Unemployment Compensation and the Unemployment Insurance Service. Research data and information sources, methods and tools are dis­cussed, with a separate section for the Continuous Wage and Benefit History (CWBH) System. There are reviews of books and studies.

We would like to encourage the rethinking of the direction and development of UI research. A series of papers will discuss possible new directions. The next issue will contain a paper on UI research priorities by Professor Walter Nicholson of Amherst College and Mathematica Policy Research. Professor Nicholson has worked extensively in the UI area and is the author of several policy-oriented UI research publications. Both legislators and administrators have drawn on his work in formulating and evaluating policy on UI bene­fit duration. A subsequent issue will contain a report by Jim Hanna of Nevada recommending future directions of State agency UI research. Other contributions in this area are welcome.

Thanks to those who contributed to this first issue; we are encouraged by your response. We look forward to broad based participation in the future. For a description of the format in which material should be submitted, see the Appendix.

Material for publication should be submitted to:
John G. Robinson
Acting Chief, Division of Research Services
Office of Research, Legislation and
  Program Policies
Unemployment Insurance Service
Employment and Training Administration
Department of Labor
601 D Street, N.W., Room 7402
Washington, D.C. 20213

We plan to publish the Exchange semi-annually. The deadline for submission of material for the next issue is June 30,1980.

I would appreciate your comments on the Exchange and any sug­gestions you have for improving its usefulness.

Stephen A. Wandner
Deputy Dlrector
Office of Research, Legislation and Program
Policies
Unemployment Insurance Service







				CONTENTS

SECTION									PAGE

I.	ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REPORTS					1

A.	Meetings, Seminars and Personnel Actions			3

B.	Recent Legislative and Financial Developments			11


II.	RESEARCH PROJECT SUMMARIES					19

A.	Research Projects Planned and in Progress			21

B.	Research Projects Completed					67


III.	NATIONAL COMMISSION ON UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION		101


IV.	RESEARCH DATA AND INFORMATION SOURCES; REASEARCH
	METHODS AND TOOLS						113


V.	CONTINUOUS WAGE AND BENEFIT HISTORY SYSTEM			123

VI.	REVIEWS OF BOOKS AND STUDIES					159

VII.	INDEXES								169

A.	Index of State Employment Security Agency
	Contributors							171

B.	Index of Research Projects Pertaining to CWBH			173

VIII.	UI OCCASIONAL PAPER SERIES					175

	APPENDIX							183
	
		Manuscript Preparation					185

		Field Memorandum No. 465-79				186