Brotherhood of St Laurence

July 2004 Includes bibliographical references.

This study examines the effect of Australia s Work for the Dole program in helping people move out of unemployment. Using a matching method to compare a group of WfD participants in 1997 98 with other young unemployed counterparts who did not undertake WfD, the researchers found that Work for the Dole seemed to have an adverse effect, perhaps discouraging participants from searching for a real job, or creating a stigma which deterred potential employers.

Melbourne Institute Working Paper No 14_4.pdf

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