The Impact of Vocational Training for the Unemployed: Experimental Evidence from Turkey

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Sarojini Hirshleifer

World Bank - World Development Report

David J. McKenzie

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Rita Almeida

World Bank; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Cristobal Ridao-Cano

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

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Date Written: March 1, 2014

Abstract

A randomized experiment is used to evaluate a large-scale, active labor market policy: Turkey's vocational training programs for the unemployed. A detailed follow-up survey of a large sample with low attrition enables precise estimation of treatment impacts and their heterogeneity. The average impact of training on employment is positive, but close to zero and statistically insignificant, which is much lower than either program officials or applicants expected. Over the first year after training, the paper finds that training had statistically significant effects on the quality of employment and that the positive impacts are stronger when training is offered by private providers. However, longer-term administrative data show that after three years these effects have also dissipated.

Keywords: Labor Markets, Labor Policies, Access & Equity in Basic Education, Primary Education, Education For All

Suggested Citation

Hirshleifer, Sarojini R. and McKenzie, David John and Almeida, Rita and Ridao-Cano, Cristobal, The Impact of Vocational Training for the Unemployed: Experimental Evidence from Turkey (March 1, 2014). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 6807. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2411215

Sarojini R. Hirshleifer

World Bank - World Development Report ( email )

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David John McKenzie

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

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Rita Almeida

World Bank ( email )

1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20433
United States

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Cristobal Ridao-Cano

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) ( email )

1818 H. Street, N.W.
MSN3-311
Washington, DC 20433
United States

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