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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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  • Marcelo Delajara & Samuel Freije & Isidro Soloaga, 2006. "An Evaluation of Training for the Unemployed in Mexico," OVE Working Papers 0906, Inter-American Development Bank, Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE).
  • Handle: RePEc:idb:ovewps:0906
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    1. Alan Finkelstein-Shapiro & Miguel Sarzosa, 2012. "Unemployement Protection for Informal Workers in Latin America and the Caribbean," IDB Publications (Working Papers) 4542, Inter-American Development Bank.
    2. Kluve, Jochen., 2016. "A review of the effectiveness of active labour market programmes with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean," ILO Working Papers 994901193402676, International Labour Organization.

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    • H50 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - General
    • O38 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Government Policy

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