The Effects of Youth Training on Risk Behavior: The Role of Non-Cognitive Skills

33 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2016 Last revised: 16 Oct 2018

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Carla Calero

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Sandra Rozo

University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business; University of Southern California - Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics

Date Written: August 18, 2016

Abstract

This paper uses unique experimental data from a youth training program in the Favelas, Brazil, to examine whether youth training programs can prevent treatment recipients from engaging in risk behavior -- i.e., cigarettes, alcohol, and hard drug utilization, as well as witnessing or being a victim of violent crime. Although the program was successful in increasing income, we find that, it only improved risk behavior of the treated individuals with higher levels of non-cognitive skills.

Keywords: Risk behavior, Youth Training Programs, Socio-Emotional Skills

JEL Classification: O11, O22, O17

Suggested Citation

Calero, Carla and Rozo, Sandra, The Effects of Youth Training on Risk Behavior: The Role of Non-Cognitive Skills (August 18, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2746579 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2746579

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