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Can arts-based interventions enhance labor market outcomes among youth? Evidence from a randomized trial in Rio de Janeiro

Carla Calero, Veronica Gonzalez Diez, Yuri S.D. Soares, Jochen Kluve and Carlos Henrique Corseuil

Labour Economics, 2017, vol. 45, issue C, 131-142

Abstract: Using a randomized trial, we look at employment and earnings of a youth-training program in Brazil that uses arts- and theater-based pedagogic tools. The evidence we present shows youth benefit in the medium-term from economically large employment and earnings impacts. We find no systematic evidence of broad impacts on socio-emotional skills, although the program appears to develop some skills related to self-control. We also find some evidence to suggest that youth who have higher initial socio-emotional skills may benefit more from the program. We argue that the estimated labor market impacts are due to a combination of both skills formation and signaling of higher quality workers to employers.

Keywords: J24; J68; I38; Labor market training; Youth; Randomized controlled trial; Socio-emotional skills; Non-cognitive skills; Employment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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