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
Date Written: August 18, 2016
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
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