Calero, Carla Corseuil, Carlos H. Gonzalez, Veronica Kluve, Jochen Soares, Yuri S. D.
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Texto para Discussão, Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada (IPEA) 2160
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 both in the short- and medium-term. The impacts are economically large, compared to those typically found in the literature. We find no evidence of significant program impacts on other outcomes, including personality-related traits, suggesting that these traits may not be malleable for young adults in the short-run. 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.
labor market training youths randomized controlled trial life skills