The Impact of Vocational Training for the Unemployed: Experimental Evidence from Turkey
45 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Date Written: March 1, 2014
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
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