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

45 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2014

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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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Abstract

We use a randomized experiment 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 we do find training to have 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 shows that after three years these effects have also dissipated.

Keywords: vocational training, active labor market programs, randomized experiment, private provision

JEL Classification: I28, J24, J68, O12, C93

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. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8059, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2420704

Sarojini R. Hirshleifer (Contact Author)

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David John McKenzie

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Rita Almeida

World Bank ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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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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