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  • The Guatemala Community Day Care Program

    Ruel and Quisumbing (2006)

    Intervention settings:

    Intervention description: Parents select one mother to be day care provider for up to 10 children, enabling other mothers to work.

    Methodology: Matching.

    Sample: Guatemala City, with poverty-based eligibility criteria. Mothers had to work to qualify for the program.

    Findings: Increased mothers' incomes (30%) and improved children's diets. Largest impacts among women with lower education.

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  • Training Disadvantaged Youth in Latin America: Evidence From a Randomized Trial

    Attanasio, Kugler and Meghir (2008)

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    Youth unemployment in Latin America is exceptionally high, as much as 50% among the poor. Vocational training may be the best chance to help unemployed young people at the bottom of the income distribution. This paper evaluates the impact of a randomized training program for disadvantaged youth introduced in Colombia in 2005 on the employment and earnings of trainees. This is one of a couple of randomized training trials conducted in developing countries and, thus, offers a unique opportunity to examine the causal impact of training in a developing country context. We use originally collected data on individuals randomly offered and not offered training. We find that the program raises earnings and employment for both men and women, with larger effects on women. Women offered training earn about 18% more than those not offered training, while men offered training earn about 8% more than men not offered training. Much of the earnings increases for both men and women are related to increased employment in formal sector jobs following training. The benefits of training are greater when individuals spend more time doing on-the-job training, while hours of training in the classroom have no impact on the returns to training. Cost-benefit analysis of these results suggests that the program generates a large net gain, especially for women.

    Intervention settings: Urban

    Intervention description: Three months of classroom training followed by three months of OJT in the form of unpaid internship, with 1009 companies participating.

    Methodology: RCT

    Sample: Unemployed youth from families in the two lowest deciles of the income distribution, from 2001-2005.

    Findings: Increased earnings for men and women, with the largest effects for women. Earnings for women increased on average 18%. Men and women who were offered training (intent-to-treat estimates) were more likely to be employed and to have jobs that offered benefits and to have a formal wage contract. Benefits of OJT found to be higher than that of classroom training.

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  • Public Preschool and the Labor Supply of Arab Mothers: Evidence from a Natural Experiment

    Schlosser (2011)

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    Low labor force participation among mothers in North Africa and the Middle East is often attributed to cultural factors independent of economic considerations. There is little evidence, however, to support or refute this view. In September 1999, the Israeli government introduced free public preschool for children aged 3 and 4. I use this policy change to estimate the effects of a reduction in child care costs on preschool enrollment, and Arab mothers' labor supply and fertility. I find that as a result of the intervention, preschool enrollment and mothers' labor supply both increased sharply. The increase in labor supply occurred mainly among more educated mothers. In spite of increasing labor force participation, the fertility of these mothers appears to have been unchanged in the short-run. There is no evidence of an effect on mothers in affected towns who did not have children of preschool age.

    Intervention settings: Peri-urban.

    Intervention description: Compulsory and Free Preschool Law (analyzing effect of law).

    Methodology: Difference-in-differences comparing 11 treated towns and 13 untreated towns.

    Sample: Program for all children, but preschools were first made available in poor areas. Sample consists mainly of Arab mothers.

    Findings: Increase in preschool enrollment, especially among children of educated mothers, and mother's labor supply.

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  • Study of Self-employed Women's Association (SEWA) program in India

    Baldawi

    Intervention settings: Rural

    Intervention description: Program provided health care, child care, banking and insurance services.

    Methodology: Cross-sectional comparisons of participants and non-participants, and participants' reports on how program changed their lives.

    Sample: Mothers and children who attended centers in two districts 10 years ago.

    Findings: 42%-53% of mothers report increased productivity, employment days and family savings.

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  • How Can Job Opportunities for Young People in Latin America be Improved?

    Gonzalez-Velosa et al (2012)

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    Job training programs for vulnerable youth are the main response of Latin American governments to address the problem of inadequate employment opportunities for young people. Despite its importance, knowledge about these programs is scarce. This study contributes to filling this gap in the literature by presenting new evidence on the effectiveness of six of these programs operating or that were implemented in Colombia, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Dominican Republic. This analysis uses the results of impact evaluations of these programs and the results of qualitative surveys of young participants and employers, and in-depth interviews to training centers, employers and policy makers. The main results confirm the limited evidence available, namely, that these programs have little impact on the probability of getting a job (although there is a high heterogeneity in these impacts), but a significant impact on job quality. From this analysis, we propose a research agenda to improve knowledge on the functioning and impact of these programs, and provide a series of recommendations to improve the design and increase the effectiveness of youth training programs.

    Intervention settings: Mixed

    Intervention description: Vocational classroom and on-the-job training and job placement.

    Methodology: RCT

    Sample: Youth and adults. Offered to men and women 16-29 years old from lower socioeconomic strata, and those meeting educational and skill requirements of participating firms.

    Findings: 7%-12% increase in employment for women only. Three to seven hours per week increase in weekly hours worked for women only. Especially successful in countries with established private vocational training industry, significant wage employment and high female mobility.

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