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

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Date Written: November 2016

Abstract

We use a randomised experiment to evaluate Turkey's vocational training programmes 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 programme officials and applicants expected. Over the first year, training had statistically significant effects on the quality of employment and these positive impacts are stronger when training is offered by private providers. However, administrative data show that after three years these effects have also dissipated.

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 (November 2016). The Economic Journal, Vol. 126, Issue 597, pp. 2115-2146, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2893962 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecoj.12211

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