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The Effectiveness of the Youth Training Scheme as a Manpower Policy

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  • Main, Brian G M
  • Shelly, Michael A

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Using data from the 1985 and 1986 Scottish People's Surveys, this paper attempts to measure the effectiveness of the Youth Training Scheme by estimating the impact of Youth Training Scheme participation on both the subsequent probability of employment and the subsequent earnings potential. The Youth Training Scheme is found to have a positive impact on the probability of employment. After allowing for possible sample-selection bias owing to participation being nonrandom, there are indications that the Youth Training Scheme may have a positive impact on subsequent wages, but the estimates are so imprecise that it was not possible to draw any statistically significant conclusions about wage effects. Copyright 1990 by The London School of Economics and Political Science.

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  • Main, Brian G M & Shelly, Michael A, 1990. "The Effectiveness of the Youth Training Scheme as a Manpower Policy," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 57(228), pages 495-514, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:econom:v:57:y:1990:i:228:p:495-514
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    1. Zweimuller, Josef & Winter-Ebmer, Rudolf, 1996. "Manpower Training Programmes and Employment Stability," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 63(249), pages 113-130, February.
    2. Skedinger, Per, 1995. "Employment Policies and Displacement in the Youth Labor Market," Working Paper Series 432, Research Institute of Industrial Economics.
    3. Cockx, Bart & Van der Linden, Bruno & Karaa, Adel, 1998. "Active Labour Market Policies and Job Tenure," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 50(4), pages 685-708, October.
    4. Philip J. O'Connell, 1996. "The Effects of Active Labour Market Programmes on Employment in Ireland," Papers WP072, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
    5. O'Connell, Philip J. & MacGinnity, Fran, 1996. "What works, who works? The impact of active labour market programmes on the employment prospects of young people in Ireland," Discussion Papers, Research Unit: Labor Market Policy and Employment FS I 96-207, WZB Berlin Social Science Center.
    6. O'Higgins, Niall, 2001. "Youth unemployment and employment policy: a global perspective," MPRA Paper 23698, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    7. David Armstrong & Duncan McVicar, 2000. "Value added in further education and vocational training in Northern Ireland," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 32(13), pages 1727-1736.
    8. Philip J. O'Connell, 1999. "Are they working? Market Orientation and the Effectiveness of Active Labour Market Programmes in Ireland," Papers WP105, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
    9. Heckman, James J. & Lalonde, Robert J. & Smith, Jeffrey A., 1999. "The economics and econometrics of active labor market programs," Handbook of Labor Economics,in: O. Ashenfelter & D. Card (ed.), Handbook of Labor Economics, edition 1, volume 3, chapter 31, pages 1865-2097 Elsevier.
    10. Michael White and Genevieve Knight, 2003. "Benchmarking the effectiveness of NDYP: A review of European and US literature on the microeconomic effects of labour market programmes for young people," PSI Research Discussion Series 10, Policy Studies Institute, UK.

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