Self-Sufficiency Project (SSP) – Employment, Earnings Supplements, and Mental Health: A Controlled Experiment

Summary

Using the Self-Sufficiency Project (SSP) as the primary data source, this working paper investigates the relationship between employment and mental health. It explores whether poor mental health reduces the probability of securing employment in response to an SSP-type initiative, whether working improves mental health, whether SSP is cost-effective for persons with long-term emotional problems, and whether SSP is more cost-effective than mental health treatment in increasing full-time employment.

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