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The Impact of Vocational Training for the Unemployed: Experimental Evidence from Turkey

Sarojini Hirshleifer (), David McKenzie (), Rita Almeida () and Ridao-Cano, Cristobal ()
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Ridao-Cano, Cristobal: World Bank

No 8059, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Abstract: We use a randomized experiment to evaluate a large-scale active labor market policy: Turkey's vocational training programs for the unemployed. A detailed follow-up survey of a large sample with low attrition enables precise estimation of treatment impacts and their heterogeneity. The average impact of training on employment is positive, but close to zero and statistically insignificant, which is much lower than either program officials or applicants expected. Over the first year after training we do find training to have had statistically significant effects on the quality of employment, and that the positive impacts are stronger when training is offered by private providers. However, longer-term administrative data shows that after three years these effects have also dissipated.

Keywords: vocational training; active labor market programs; randomized experiment; private provision (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I28 J24 J68 O12 C93 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ara, nep-cwa, nep-exp, nep-ger, nep-lab and nep-lma
Date: 2014-03
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