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The Impact of Training policies in Argentina: An Evaluation of Proyecto Joven

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  • Maria Alzuá

    (IERAL, Funadación Mediterránea.)

  • Pablo Brassiolo

    (IERAL, Fundación Mediterránea.)

This paper evaluates Proyecto Joven, a training program targeted to poor young individuals in Argentina. We used a non-experimental evaluation methodology to answer the following set of questions: (a) Did the program increase the probability of employment? (b) Did it increase the probability of a formal employment? (c) Did it increase the labor income of trainees? The methodology we used is the matching estimators approach calculating first propensity scores for program participation and then the matching estimators to calculate the program impact. As it has been shown before, estimated impacts are not invariant to the specification of the chosen neighbor in the matching techniques. The impact of the program is negligible in terms of employment and income, but not in terms of formality, which was an important achievement in the case of Argentina, since labor informality was increasing economy wide and more specifically for the group targeted by Proyecto Joven.

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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 1506.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2006
Handle: RePEc:idb:ovewps:1506
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