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The impact of vocational training for the unemployed : experimental evidence from Turkey (English)

This brief summarizes the updates from the 2014 paper entitled, The Impact of Vocational Training for the Unemployed : Experimental Evidence from Turkey, conducted between between 2010 and 2011 in Turkey. A randomized experiment is used to evaluate a large-scale, active labor market policy: Turkey's vocational training programs for the unemployed. A detailed follow-up survey of a large sample with low attrition enables precise estimation of treatment impacts and their heterogeneity. The average impact of training on employment is positive, but close to zero and statistically insignificant, which is much lower than either program officials or applicants expected. Over the first year after training, the paper finds that training had statistically significant effects on the quality of employment and that the positive impacts are stronger when training is offered by private providers. However, longer-term administrative data show that after three years these effects have also dissipated.

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Almeida,Rita Kullberg Hirshleifer,Sarojini Mckenzie,David J. Ridao-Cano,Cristobal

The impact of vocational training for the unemployed : experimental evidence from Turkey (English). EnGender Impact : the World Bank's Gender Impact Evaluation Database Washington, DC : World Bank Group http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/209871468310469519/The-impact-of-vocational-training-for-the-unemployed-experimental-evidence-from-Turkey