Does SSP Plus Increase Employment

The Effect of Adding Services to the Self-Sufficiency Project’s Financial Incentives

| Gail Quets, Philip K. Robins, Elsie Pan, Charles Michalopoulos, David Card

This is the latest in a series of reports published on the Self-Sufficiency Project (SSP), a test in Canada of a “making work pay” strategy to encourage work among long-term welfare recipients. This report presents findings on what happens when SSP’s financial incentives are offered in conjunction with employment-related services. 

These new findings show that a combination of incentives and services can help a substantially larger proportion of eligible participants move into full-time employment than can be achieved by offering financial assistance alone.