Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/236892
Authors: 
Chakravorty, Bhaskar
Bhatiya, Apurav Yash
Imbert, Clément
Lohnert, Maximilian
Panda, Poonam
Rathelot, Roland
Year of Publication: 
2021
Series/Report no.: 
GLO Discussion Paper No. 909
Publisher: 
Global Labor Organization (GLO), Essen
Abstract: 
This paper presents evidence on the short and long-term impact of the first COVID-19 wave on India's rural youth. We interviewed about 2,000 vocational trainees from Bihar and Jharkhand between March 2020 and March 2021. We report a stark difference between men and women: while many male workers took up informal employment, most female workers dropped out of the labour force. Using a randomised experiment, we find that a government supported digital job platform does not increase job search or employment. Our findings suggest that bridging the gap between rural youths and urban formal labour markets requires much more active and targeted policy interventions, especially for female workers.
Subjects: 
Youth unemployment
gender
vocational training
public policy
JEL: 
J2
J3
J6
J7
M5
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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