The Labor Market Impacts of Youth Training in the Dominican Republic

We report the impacts of a job training program operated in the Dominican Republic. A random sample of applicants was selected to undergo training, and information was gathered 10-14 months after graduation. Unfortunately, people originally assigned to treat- ment who failed to show up were not included in the follow-up survey, potentially compromising the evaluation design. We present estimates of the program effect, including comparisons that ignore the potential nonrandomness of "no-show" behavior, and estimates that model selectivity parametrically. We find little indication of a positive effect on employment outcomes but some evidence of a modest effect on earnings, conditional on working.

Card et al (2011)Urban.RCT.Basic skills and technical/vocational training (350 hours max). Internship (2 months).10% increase in monthly earnings coming from an increase in hourly wages (imprecisely estimated). No impact on labor force participation, self-employment or wage labor. No significant impact on employability of trainees.http://davidcard.berkeley.edu/papers/labor-impact-youth.pdf1,345 individuals aged 16 to 29, 55% female.