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Can Information about Jobs Improve the Effectiveness of Vocational Training? Experimental Evidence from India

Bhaskar Chakravorty, Wiji Arulampalam (), Clément Imbert and Roland Rathelot
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Bhaskar Chakravorty: Erasmus University Rotterdam
Wiji Arulampalam: University of Warwick

No 14427, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: Using a randomised experiment, we show that providing better information about prospective jobs to vocational trainees can improve their placement outcomes. The study setting is the vocational training programme DDU-GKY in India. We find that including in the training two information sessions about placement opportunities make trainees 17% more likely to stay in the jobs in which they are placed. We argue that this effect is likely driven by improved selection into training. As a result of the intervention, trainees that are over-optimistic about placement jobs are more likely to drop out before placement.

Keywords: vocational training; on-the-job-training; dropout; rural development; skills; job placement (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J24 J61 M53 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 41 pages
Date: 2021-05
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