The Impact of Short-Term Employment for Low-Income Youth: Experimental Evidence from the Philippines

71 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2021

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Emily Beam

National University of Singapore (NUS) - NUS Business School

Stella Quimbo

University of the Philippines

Abstract

We use a randomized field experiment to test the causal impact of short-term work experience on employment and school enrollment among disadvantaged, in-school youth in the Philippines. This experience leads to a 4.4 percentage point (79-percent) increase in employment 8 to 12 months later. While we find no aggregate increase in enrollment, we also do not find that the employment gains push youth out of school. Our results are most consistent with work experience serving as a signal of unobservable applicant quality, and these findings highlight the role of temporary work as a stepping- stone to employment for low-income youth.

JEL Classification: J24, J08, O15

Suggested Citation

Beam, Emily and Quimbo, Stella, The Impact of Short-Term Employment for Low-Income Youth: Experimental Evidence from the Philippines. IZA Discussion Paper No. 14661, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3913022

Emily Beam (Contact Author)

National University of Singapore (NUS) - NUS Business School ( email )

1 Business Link
Singapore, 117592
Singapore

Stella Quimbo

University of the Philippines ( email )

Diliman
Quezon City, 1101
Philippines

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