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Choosing to be Trained: Evidence from a Field Experiment

  • Utteeyo Dasgupta
  • Lata Gangadharan
  • Pushkar Maitra
  • Subha Mani
  • Samyukta Subramanian

This paper combines unique experimental and survey data to examine the determinants of self-selection into a training program. Women residing in selected disadvantaged areas in New Delhi, India were invited to apply for a six-month long subsidized training program in stitching and tailoring. A random subset of applicants and non-applicants to the training program were invited to participate in an artefactual field experiment and in a detailed socio-economic survey. We find that applicants and non-applicants differ both in terms of socio-economic characteristics (elicited through survey data), and behavioral traits (elicited using a field experiment). Identifying these characteristics can help policy-makers design and promote programs so as to make them more appealing to the target group, and thus improve take-up rates. Our results also suggest that as a methodology, there is valuable information to be gained by dissecting the black box of unobservables using behavioral data from experiments.

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Paper provided by Monash University, Department of Economics in its series Monash Economics Working Papers with number 43-12.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2012
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Handle: RePEc:mos:moswps:2012-43
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