The Long-term Impacts and Spillovers of Training for Disadvantaged Youth

Journal of Human Resources, 2015

Posted: 5 Aug 2019

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Adriana D. Kugler

McCourt School of Public Policy ; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: October 1, 2015

Abstract

We use administrative data to examine medium and long-term formal education and labor market impacts among participants and family members of a randomized vocational training program for disadvantaged youth in Colombia. In the Colombian program, vocational training and formal education are complementary investments: relative to non-participants, randomly selected participants are more likely to complete secondary school and to attend and persist in tertiary education eight years after random assignment. Complementarity is strongest among applicants with high baseline educational attainment. Training also has educational spillover effects on participants’ family members, who are more likely to enroll in tertiary education. Between three and eight years after randomization, participants are more likely to enter and remain in formal employment, and have formal sector earnings that are at least 11 percent higher than those of non-participants.

Keywords: Education, labor market

Suggested Citation

Kugler, Adriana Debora, The Long-term Impacts and Spillovers of Training for Disadvantaged Youth (October 1, 2015). Journal of Human Resources, 2015 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3430592

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