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Can arts-based interventions enhance labor market outcomes among youth? Evidence from a randomized trial in Rio de Janeiro

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  • Calero, Carla
  • Gonzalez Diez, Veronica
  • Soares, Yuri S.D.
  • Kluve, Jochen
  • Corseuil, Carlos Henrique

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Using a randomized trial, we look at employment and earnings of a youth-training program in Brazil that uses arts- and theater-based pedagogic tools. The evidence we present shows youth benefit in the medium-term from economically large employment and earnings impacts. We find no systematic evidence of broad impacts on socio-emotional skills, although the program appears to develop some skills related to self-control. We also find some evidence to suggest that youth who have higher initial socio-emotional skills may benefit more from the program. We argue that the estimated labor market impacts are due to a combination of both skills formation and signaling of higher quality workers to employers.

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  • Calero, Carla & Gonzalez Diez, Veronica & Soares, Yuri S.D. & Kluve, Jochen & Corseuil, Carlos Henrique, 2017. "Can arts-based interventions enhance labor market outcomes among youth? Evidence from a randomized trial in Rio de Janeiro," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 45(C), pages 131-142.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:labeco:v:45:y:2017:i:c:p:131-142
    DOI: 10.1016/j.labeco.2016.11.008
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    J24; J68; I38; Labor market training; Youth; Randomized controlled trial; Socio-emotional skills; Non-cognitive skills; Employment;
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    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J68 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Public Policy
    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs

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