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Learning But Not Earning? The Impact Of Job Corps Training On Hispanic Youth

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  • ALFONSO FLORES-LAGUNES
  • ARTURO GONZALEZ
  • TODD NEUMANN

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"Why did Hispanics who participated in Job Corps (JC) training not experience earnings gains like whites and blacks, despite achieving similar human capital gains? We find that the differential labor market outcomes of each group are related to the different levels of local labor market unemployment rates (LUR) they face. Furthermore, the groups exhibit differential impacts on their earnings from the LUR they face, which also vary by randomization status. We find that (a) blacks and Hispanics face higher LUR that mitigate their potential gains from JC and (b) JC "shields" whites from adverse LUR, but not blacks and Hispanics." ("JEL" J24, J13, J15) Copyright (c) 2009 Western Economic Association International.

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Article provided by Western Economic Association International in its journal Economic Inquiry.

Volume (Year): 48 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 (07)
Pages: 651-667

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Handle: RePEc:bla:ecinqu:v:48:y:2010:i:3:p:651-667

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Cited by:
  1. Carlos A. Flores & Alfonso Flores-Lagunes, 2010. "Nonparametric Partial Identification of Causal Net and Mechanism Average Treatment Effects," Working Papers 2010-25, University of Miami, Department of Economics.
  2. Carlos A. Flores & Alfonso Flores-Lagunes, 2010. "Partial Identification of Local Average Treatment Effects with an Invalid Instrument," Working Papers 2010-24, University of Miami, Department of Economics.
  3. Blanco, German & Flores, Carlos A. & Flores-Lagunes, Alfonso, 2011. "Bounds on Quantile Treatment Effects of Job Corps on Participants' Wages," 2011 Annual Meeting, July 24-26, 2011, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 103761, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  4. Hahn, Jinyong & Hirano, Keisuke & Karlan, Dean, 2008. "Adaptive Experimental Design Using the Propensity Score," MPRA Paper 8315, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  5. Blanco, German & Flores, Carlos A. & Flores-Lagunes, Alfonso, 2011. "Bounds on Average and Quantile Treatment Effects of Job Corps Training on Wages," IZA Discussion Papers 6065, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  6. Carlos A. Flores & Oscar A. Mitnik, 2011. "Comparing Treatments across Labor Markets: An Assessment of Nonexperimental Multiple-Treatment Strategies," Working Papers 2011-10, University of Miami, Department of Economics.
  7. Bampasidou, Maria & Flores, Carlos A. & Flores-Lagunes, Alfonso, 2011. "Unbundling the Degree Effect in a Job Training Program for Disadvantaged Youth," 2011 Annual Meeting, July 24-26, 2011, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 103619, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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