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The Impact of Soft Skills Training on Female Youth Employment : Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Jordan (English)

Employers around the world complain that youth lack the soft skills needed for success in the workplace. In response, several employment programs have begun to incorporate soft skills training, but to date there has been little evidence as to the effectiveness of such programs. ... See More +

Journal Article 136151 MAY 13, 2016

Groh,Matthew Robert; Kirshnan, Nandini; Mckenzie,David J.; Vishwanath,Tara Disclosed

Macro insurance for microenterprises : a randomized experiment in post-revolution Egypt (English)

Firms in many developing countries cite macroeconomic instability and political uncertainty as major constraints to their growth. The authors conduct a randomized experiment in post-revolution Egypt to measure the impact of insuring microenterprises against this uncertainty. ... See More +

Journal Article 100198 AUG 24, 2015

Groh,Matthew Robert; Mckenzie,David J. Disclosed

Piloting macroinsurance for microenterprises in post-revolution Egypt (English)

This note discusses the results of a pilot of an innovative insurance product, which aims to protect small firms from macroeconomic and political risk that might inhibit them from investing. ... See More +

Brief 91228 OCT 01, 2014

Groh,Matthew Robert; Mckenzie,David J. Disclosed

Testing job matching services for unemployed educated youth in Jordan (English)

This note tests the extent to which search and matching frictions are the cause of high levels of unemployment for educated youth in Jordan, and whether a job matching service can reduce unemployment. ... See More +

Brief 91227 SEP 01, 2014

Groh,Matthew Robert; Mckenzie,David J.; Shammout,Nour Musallam; Vishwanath,Tara Disclosed

Testing the importance of search frictions, matching, and reservation prestige through randomized experiments in Jordan (English)

Unemployment rates for tertiary-educated youth in Jordan are high, as is the duration of unemployment. Two randomized experiments in Jordan were used to test different theories that may explain this phenomenon. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7030 SEP 01, 2014

Groh, Matthew; McKenzie, David; Shammout, Nour; Vishwanath, Tara Disclosed

Macroinsurance for microenterprises : a randomized experiment in post-revolution Egypt (English)

Firms in many developing countries cite macroeconomic instability and political uncertainty as major constraints to their growth. Economic theory suggests uncertainty can cause firms to delay investments until uncertainty is resolved. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7048 SEP 01, 2014

Groh, Matthew; McKenzie, David Disclosed

Soft skills or hard cash? : the impact of training and wage subsidy programs on female youth employment in Jordan (English)

This brief summarizes the results of a gender impact evaluation study, entitled Soft skills or hard cash? : the impact of training and wage subsidy programs on female youth employment in Jordan, conducted between 2010 and 2011 in Jordan. ... See More +

Brief 81461 AUG 14, 2013

Groh, Matthew; Krishnan, Nandini; McKenzie, David; Vishwanath, Tara Disclosed

Do wage subsidies help young women get jobs? (English)

Unemployment among young adults is a problem throughout the world, and it's of particular concern in the Middle East, where half the population is under the age of 25 and more than a quarter of those aged 15-24 are out of work. ... See More +

Brief 74527 DEC 01, 2012

Groh,Matthew Robert; Krishnan,Nandini; Mckenzie,David J.; Vishwanath,Tara Disclosed

Soft skills or hard cash ? the impact of training and wage subsidy programs on female youth employment in Jordan (English)

Throughout the Middle East, unemployment rates of educated youth have been persistently high and female labor force participation, low. This paper studies the impact of a randomized experiment in Jordan designed to assist female community college graduates find employment. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6141 JUL 01, 2012

Groh, Matthew; Krishnan, Nandini; McKenzie, David; Vishwanath, Tara Disclosed