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Estimating the Effects of Length of Exposure to Instruction in a Training Program: The Case of Job Corps

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  • Carlos A. Flores

    (University of Miami)

  • Alfonso Flores-Lagunes

    (State University of New York at Binghamton and IZA)

  • Arturo Gonzalez

    (U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and IZA)

  • Todd C. Neumann

    (University of California, Merced)

Abstract

We semiparametrically estimate average causal effects of different lengths of exposure to academic and vocational instruction in the Job Corps (JC) under the assumption that selection into different lengths is based on a rich set of observed covariates and time-invariant factors. We find that the estimated effects on future earnings increase in the length of exposure and that the marginal effects of additional instruction decrease with length of exposure. We also document differences in the estimated effects across demographic groups, which are particularly large between males and females. Finally, our results suggest an important lock-in effect in JC training. No rights reserved. This work was authored as part of the Contributor's official duties as an Employee of the United States Government and is therefore a work of the United States Government. In accordance with 17 U.S.C. 105, no copyright protection is available for such works under U.S. law..

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Article provided by MIT Press in its journal Review of Economics and Statistics.

Volume (Year): 94 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 153-171

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Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:94:y:2012:i:1:p:153-171

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  1. BIA Michela & FLORES Carlos A. & FLORES-LAGUNES Alfonso & MATTEI Alessandra, 2013. "A Stata package for the application of semiparametric estimators of dose-response functions," CEPS/INSTEAD Working Paper Series 2013-07, CEPS/INSTEAD.
  2. Dammert, Ana C. & Galdo, Jose, 2013. "Program quality and treatment completion for youth training programs," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 119(3), pages 243-246.
  3. Kluve, Jochen, 2013. "Aktive Arbeitsmarktpolitik: Maßnahmen, Zielsetzungen, Wirkungen," Working Papers 07/2013, German Council of Economic Experts / Sachverständigenrat zur Begutachtung der gesamtwirtschaftlichen Entwicklung.
  4. Galdo, Jose & Chong, Alberto, 2012. "Does the quality of public-sponsored training programs matter? Evidence from bidding processes data," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 19(6), pages 970-986.
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  6. Kluve, Jochen & Rinne, Ulf & Uhlendorff, Arne & Zhao, Zhong, 2013. "The impact of training duration on employment outcomes: Evidence from LATE estimates," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 120(3), pages 487-490.

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