by David B. Muhlhausen
The Heritage Foundation
January 09, 2014
Overall, there is little empirical support for the notion that Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) improves the employment outcomes of displaced workers. In fact, TAA participants are more likely to earn less after participating in the program. This trend was also confirmed by a Government Accountability Office report that concluded that TAA participants are more likely to earn less in their new employment. Lastly, TAA failed a commonsense test of determining whether the program produces more benefits than its costs. With the ARRA expansion having expired and complete expiration of TAA approaching at year’s end, Congress would be wise to add the program to the dustbin of history.

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