Impact of Short Term Vocational Training on Youth Unemployment: Evidence from Mongolia

38 Pages Posted: 9 May 2018 Last revised: 12 Jul 2018

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Altantsetseg Batchuluun

National University of Mongolia; National University of Mongolia

Bayarmaa Dalkhjav

National University of Mongolia - School of Economic Studies

Soyolmaa Batbekh

National University of Mongolia

Amartuvshin Sanjmyatav

National University of Mongolia

Tsogt-Erdene Baldandorj

National University of Mongolia - School of Economic Studies

Date Written: March 1, 2017

Abstract

Mongolia is a lower-middle income country characterized by high youth unemployment and a large informal sector. Training programs have been implemented in order to promote employment and tackle these issues. In this study, we evaluate the impact of a vocational training program (VTP) through a field experiment conducted between 2013 and 2015. This time frame allows us to explore short and medium term impacts. In particular, we focus on three outcomes of interest: employment, earnings and job quality. We find a positive and short-term impact on employment and a positive impact on monthly earnings in short and medium terms. We also show that providing information about schooling returns increases attendance and reduces dropout, which may help improve the program’s impact in non-expensive ways.

Keywords: vocational training programs, labor market, randomized controlled trial, employment, earnings, job quality

Suggested Citation

Batchuluun, Altantsetseg and Batchuluun, Altantsetseg and Dalkhjav, Bayarmaa and Batbekh, Soyolmaa and Sanjmyatav, Amartuvshin and Baldandorj, Tsogt-Erdene, Impact of Short Term Vocational Training on Youth Unemployment: Evidence from Mongolia (March 1, 2017). Partnership for Economic Policy Working Paper No. 2017-12, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3163628 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3163628

Altantsetseg Batchuluun

National University of Mongolia ( email )

Baga of toyruu-ya 350994
Mongolia

National University of Mongolia ( email )

Ulaanbaatar
Mongolia

Bayarmaa Dalkhjav

National University of Mongolia - School of Economic Studies ( email )

Ulaanbaatar
Mongolia

Soyolmaa Batbekh (Contact Author)

National University of Mongolia ( email )

IKH SURGUULIIN GUDAMJ-1 P.O.BOX -46A/523
Ulaanbaatar, Tov aimag 14201
Mongolia

Amartuvshin Sanjmyatav

National University of Mongolia ( email )

IKH SURGUULIIN GUDAMJ-1 P.O.BOX -46A/523
Ulaanbaatar, Tov aimag 14201
Mongolia

Tsogt-Erdene Baldandorj

National University of Mongolia - School of Economic Studies ( email )

Ulaanbaatar
Mongolia

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