Can Information About Jobs Improve the Effectiveness of Vocational Training? Experimental Evidence from India

41 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2021 Last revised: 4 May 2023

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Bhaskar Chakravorty

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

Wiji Arulampalam

University of Warwick - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Apurav Yash Bhatiya

University of Birmingham - Department of Economics

Clement Imbert

University of Warwick

Roland Rathelot

University of Warwick

Abstract

We use a randomized experiment to evaluate the impact of providing richer information about prospective jobs to vocational trainees on their employment outcomes. The setting of the study is the vocational training program DDU-GKY in India. We find that including in the training two information sessions about placement opportunities make trainees 18% more likely to stay in the jobs in which they are placed. We provide suggestive evidence that the effect is driven by improved selection into training: as a result of the intervention, trainees that are over-optimistic about placement jobs are more likely to drop out before placement.

Keywords: skills, vocational training, on-the-job-training, dropout, rural development, job placement

JEL Classification: J24, J61, M53

Suggested Citation

Chakravorty, Bhaskar and Arulampalam, Wiji and Bhatiya, Apurav Yash and Imbert, Clement and Rathelot, Roland, Can Information About Jobs Improve the Effectiveness of Vocational Training? Experimental Evidence from India. IZA Discussion Paper No. 14427, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3865452 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3865452

Bhaskar Chakravorty (Contact Author)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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Wiji Arulampalam

University of Warwick - Department of Economics ( email )

Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom
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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Apurav Yash Bhatiya

University of Birmingham - Department of Economics

Birmingham Business School
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, B15 2TT
United Kingdom

Clement Imbert

University of Warwick ( email )

Roland Rathelot

University of Warwick ( email )

Gibbet Hill Rd.
Coventry, CV4 8UW
United Kingdom

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