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Impact of short term vocational training on youth unemployment: Evidence from Mongolia

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  • Altantsetseg Batchuluun
  • Bayarmaa Dalkhjav
  • Soyolmaa Batbekh
  • Amartuvshin Sanjmyatav
  • Tsogt-Erdene Baldandorj

Abstract

Mongolia is a lower-middle income country characterized by high youth unemployment and a large informal sector. Training programs have been implemented in order to promote employment and tackle these issues. In this study, we evaluate the impact of a vocational training program (VTP) through a field experiment conducted between 2013 and 2015. This time frame allows us to explore short and medium term impacts. In particular, we focus on three outcomes of interest: employment, earnings and job quality. We find a positive and short-term impact on employment and a positive impact on monthly earnings in short and medium terms. We also show that providing information about schooling returns increases attendance and reduces dropout, which may help improve the program’s impact in non-expensive ways.

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  • Altantsetseg Batchuluun & Bayarmaa Dalkhjav & Soyolmaa Batbekh & Amartuvshin Sanjmyatav & Tsogt-Erdene Baldandorj, 2017. "Impact of short term vocational training on youth unemployment: Evidence from Mongolia," Working Papers PIERI 2017-12, PEP-PIERI.
  • Handle: RePEc:lvl:piercr:2017-12
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    Keywords

    vocational training programs; labor market; randomized controlled trial; employment; earnings; job quality;
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    JEL classification:

    • J18 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Public Policy
    • J08 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - Labor Economics Policies
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J38 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Public Policy
    • C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments

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