Peter Schochet

Peter Schochet

Senior Fellow
  • Methodological expert in experimental and nonexperimental evaluations of interventions in education, employment, and welfare
Focus Areas
  • Education
  • Strengthening and Disseminating Research
  • Employment
  • Labor: Strengthening and Disseminating Research
  • Training and Re-employment
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Youth Employment
  • Family Support
  • Justice
  • Human Services
About Peter

Peter Schochet is a nationally known methodological expert in experimental and nonexperimental evaluations of interventions in education, employment, and welfare.

Schochet, who has been with Mathematica since 1991, has played a leading role in many large-scale studies of programs such as Job Corps, Early Reading First, Early Head Start, Trade Adjustment Assistance, the Workforce Investment Act, and others. He is currently serving as a principal investigator for a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education to provide methodological expertise on design issues for impact evaluations of educational interventions and programs, and several large-scale evaluations of major employment and training programs for the U.S. Department of Labor.

Schochet, who publishes frequently in peer-reviewed journals such as the American Economic Review, Evaluation Review, the Journal of Policy Analysis Management, the Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, and the Journal of Human Resources, has presented at many professional conferences and briefings and lectured on evaluation design at Columbia University and other venues. He has a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University.

Key Projects
  • Youth CareerConnect Evaluation

    The Youth CareerConnect program is designed to encourage America’s school districts, institutions of higher education, the workforce investment system, and their partners to scale up evidence-based high school models that will transform the high school experience for America’s youth.

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    Looking to the Future: Job Corps External Review

    The study is looking at structural and service delivery changes to enhance Job Corps, the nation's largest and most comprehensive residential education and job training program for at-risk youth ages 16 through 24. The review builds on prior rigorous research demonstrating that the Job Corps has promise.

  • Evaluation of the Job Corps Program

    The study was the first nationally representative experimental evaluation of a federal employment and training program for disadvantaged youth. From late 1994 to early 1996, nearly 81,000 eligible applicants nationwide were randomly assigned to either a program or control group.

Related Case Studies
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    Improving the Quality of Life for Youth

    Through the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, Congress established Job Corps, a national vocational and academic training program for disadvantaged youth ages 16 to 24. The program costs the federal government $1.6 billion a year, making it one of the most expensive education and training programs funded...

Related Videos
  • Peter Schochet - The National Job Corps Study
    Peter Schochet - The National Job Corps Study

    Senior Fellow Peter Schochet, Ph.D., talks about Mathematica's role in providing a randomized control trial of the Job Corps program, the first such study of a major education and training program to have that design.