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Vocational Training for Disadvantaged Youth in Colombia: A Long-Term Follow-Up

Attanasio, O; Guarin, A; Medina, C; Meghir, C; (2017) Vocational Training for Disadvantaged Youth in Colombia: A Long-Term Follow-Up. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics , 9 (2) pp. 131-143. 10.1257/app.20150554. Green open access

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Abstract

We evaluate the long-term impacts of a randomized Colombian training and job placement program. Following the large short-term effects, we now find that the program effects persist, increasing formal participation and earnings contributions to social security and working in larger firms. By using a large administrative source we are also able to establish that the program improved both male and female labor market outcomes by a similar amount--a result that was not apparent with the smaller evaluation sample. The results point to a cost-effective approach to reducing informality and improving labor market outcomes in the long run.

Type: Article
Title: Vocational Training for Disadvantaged Youth in Colombia: A Long-Term Follow-Up
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1257/app.20150554
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1257/app.20150554
Language: English
Additional information: This is the published version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1563836
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