Unfortunately, the TAPR data have a number of weaknesses.
Our original TAPR dataset included data on 286,840 individuals who exited the TAA program between the final quarter of 2000 and the first quarter of 2008.
Like the TAPR data, the CPS Displaced Worker Survey includes information on workers who lost their job because their company closed or moved, their position was abolished, or there was insufficient work to support their position, although these workers did not necessarily lose their job due to increased imports.
The TAPR and CPS datasets include a number of demographic variables that have traditionally been used to explain employment outcomes, including the age of the individual, gender, the level of education, and the length of time the worker had been employed with the firm from which he or she was displaced (Tenure).
Recall that our sample includes CPS workers interviewed in January 2006 and TAA participants who exited the TAA program and appeared in the TAPR dataset in the fourth quarter of 2005.
We use the TAPR data to create an indicator variable (Work) that measures whether the TAA participant was employed in any of the three quarters following their exit from the program.
Unfortunately, the only source of information on TAA participants is the TAPR, which does not include comparison observations.