Impact of Short Term Vocational Training on Youth Unemployment: Evidence from Mongolia
38 Pages Posted: 9 May 2018 Last revised: 12 Jul 2018
Date Written: March 1, 2017
Mongolia is a lower-middle income country characterized by high youth unemployment and a large informal sector. Training programs have been implemented in order to promote employment and tackle these issues. In this study, we evaluate the impact of a vocational training program (VTP) through a field experiment conducted between 2013 and 2015. This time frame allows us to explore short and medium term impacts. In particular, we focus on three outcomes of interest: employment, earnings and job quality. We find a positive and short-term impact on employment and a positive impact on monthly earnings in short and medium terms. We also show that providing information about schooling returns increases attendance and reduces dropout, which may help improve the program’s impact in non-expensive ways.
Keywords: vocational training programs, labor market, randomized controlled trial, employment, earnings, job quality
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