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Can information about jobs improve the effectiveness of vocational training? Experimental evidence from India

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  • Chakravorty, Bhaskar

    (University of Warwick)

  • Arulampalam, Wiji

    (University of Warwick)

  • Bhatiya, Apurav Yash

    (University of Birmingham)

  • Imbert, Clement

    (University of Warwick)

  • Rathelot, Roland

    (University of Warwick)

Abstract

Using a randomised experiment, we show that providing better information about prospective jobs to vocational trainees can improve their placement outcomes. The study setting is the vocational training programme DDU-GKY in India. We find that including in the training two information sessions about placement opportunities make trainees 17% more likely to stay in the jobs in which they are placed. We argue that this effect is likely driven by improved selection into training. As a result of the intervention, trainees that are over-optimistic about placement jobs are more likely to drop out before placement.

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  • Chakravorty, Bhaskar & Arulampalam, Wiji & Bhatiya, Apurav Yash & Imbert, Clement & Rathelot, Roland, 2021. "Can information about jobs improve the effectiveness of vocational training? Experimental evidence from India," CAGE Online Working Paper Series 567, Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE).
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    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
    • M53 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Training

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