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Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) Evaluation

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This project examines the reemployment program for California’s Unemployment Insurance claimants to understand what program changes can lead to faster reemployment and better job outcomes for claimants.


The California Employment Development Department’s (EDD) Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) program provides reemployment services to Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants who are at an increased risk of exhausting their benefits. The goal of the RESEA program is to support UI claimants with job training and other resources in order to help them return to work and to reduce the likelihood of exhausting the UI benefits. There is considerable flexibility in terms of which and how the reemployment services are delivered to the recipients, each affecting the unemployment duration differently.

Research Project

Using quasi-experimental methods and Randomized Control Trials, this project will assess the effectiveness of the existing RESEA program. It will also evaluate changes in how reemployment services are delivered to see if they impact unemployment durations and other employment outcomes. The project will also conduct an analysis of the current RESEA Worker Profiling and Reemployment Services (WPRS) Selection System, provide alternative selection approaches that consider accuracy and equity, and compare and evaluate these different approaches. 

Research Team

Professor Till von Wachter (Co-Principal Investigator), Dr. Robert Santillano (Co-Principal Investigator), Dr. Peter Casey, Dr. Swapnil Motghare, Kara Segal, and Peter Mannino



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