Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/96735
Authors: 
Hirshleifer, Sarojini
McKenzie, David
Almeida, Rita K.
Ridao-Cano, Cristobal
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Paper 8059
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.
Subjects: 
vocational training
active labor market programs
randomized experiment
private provision
JEL: 
I28
J24
J68
O12
C93
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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