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Vocational Training for Disadvantaged Youth in Colombia: A Long-Term Follow-Up

Orazio Attanasio, Arlen Guarin (), Carlos Medina () and Costas Meghir ()

American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2017, vol. 9, issue 2, 131-43

Abstract: We evaluate the long-term impacts of a randomized Colombian training and job placement program. Following the large short-term effects, we now find that the program effects persist, increasing formal participation and earnings contributions to social security and working in larger firms. By using a large administrative source we are also able to establish that the program improved both male and female labor market outcomes by a similar amount--a result that was not apparent with the smaller evaluation sample. The results point to a cost-effective approach to reducing informality and improving labor market outcomes in the long run.

JEL-codes: I28 J13 J24 J31 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
Note: DOI: 10.1257/app.20150554
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