Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s Administration for Socioeconomic Development of the Family (ADSEF), together with San Juan-based NGO Espacios Abiertos and a team of researchers, is designing a pilot program that would encourage labor force participation among Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF-C) program participants. The pilot program will provide a time-limited earnings supplement to individuals conditional on their formal sector earnings. A subset of individuals will also be offered greater encouragement to take up a host of job search and job assistance services. ADSEF, Espacios Abiertos, and the research team are partnering with J-PAL North America to evaluate whether the policy reform is effective in reducing poverty, encouraging steady and formal work, and reducing reliance on traditional forms of government income assistance.

RFP Cycle:
State and Local Innovation Initiative I - Phase I [June 2016]
United States of America
  • Technical assistance