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An Evaluation of Training for the Unemployed in Mexico

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  • Marcelo Delajara

    (Centro de Investigación en Economía y Políticas Públicas (CIEPP. Universidad de las Americas, Puebla)

  • Samuel Freije

    (Centro de Investigación en Economía y Políticas Públicas (CIEPP. Universidad de las Americas, Puebla)

  • Isidro Soloaga

    (Centro de Investigación en Economía y Políticas Públicas (CIEPP. Universidad de las Americas, Puebla)

Abstract

This paper summarizes the findings of an impact evaluation of the Mexican training programs PROBECAT_SICAT for the period 1999-2004. The paper has five additional sections. Section 2 provides an account of the Mexican public policy towards the unemployed and a description of the institutional and operative capacity of this policy for the last two decades. In this section we explain the evolution of pro-cyclical behavior of unemployment and informal employment with respect to economic growth in Mexico. Moreover, we describe the origins and organization of labor public policy in Mexico and describe the evolution of the training for the unemployed programs PROBECAT/SICAT. Section three reviews the previous impact evaluations of the training programs for the unemployed. Section four includes a discussion of the methods we use for program evaluation and our main results. Section five, presents a succinct cost-benefit analysis of the program, making use of the results of the impact evaluation. Finally, section six concludes with a summary of results.

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Paper provided by Inter-American Development Bank, Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) in its series OVE Working Papers with number 0906.

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Length: 80 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2006
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Handle: RePEc:idb:ovewps:0906

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  1. Loayza, Norman V., 1996. "The economics of the informal sector: a simple model and some empirical evidence from Latin America," Carnegie-Rochester Conference Series on Public Policy, Elsevier, vol. 45(1), pages 129-162, December.
  2. Ravallion, Martin, 2005. "Evaluating anti-poverty programs," Policy Research Working Paper Series 3625, The World Bank.
  3. Revenga, Ana & Riboud, Michelle & Tan, Hong, 1994. "The Impact of Mexico's Retraining Program on Employment and Wages," World Bank Economic Review, World Bank Group, vol. 8(2), pages 247-77, May.
  4. Wodon, Quentin, 2001. "Government Programs and Poverty," MPRA Paper 12308, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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  1. Delajara, Marcelo & Freije, Samuel & Soloaga, Isidro, 2013. "Evaluation of training for the unemployed in Mexico: learning by comparing methods," MPRA Paper 55210, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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