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Training the disadvantaged youth and labor market outcomes: Evidence from Bangladesh

Narayan Das

Journal of Development Economics, 2021, vol. 149, issue C

Abstract: This paper estimates the effects of a youth training program in Bangladesh on labor market outcomes. The program, organized as a randomized controlled trial, provides on-the-job and classroom training to disadvantaged unemployed youth. ITT results show that six months after the intervention, on-the-job training increases labor market participation by 16 percentage points and earnings by 23%. The effect on employment declines in the long-run, after 22 months, but the effect on earnings is sustained as the program induces a shift from casual work to wage employment. Adding classroom training over on-the-job training has no short term effect on aggregate employment and earnings but it has more sustained effect.

Keywords: Training; Earnings; Youth; Bangladesh (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jdeveco.2020.102585

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