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Long-term Direct and Spillover Effects of Job Training: Experimental Evidence from Colombia

Adriana Kugler, Maurice Kugler, Juan Saavedra, Luis Omar Herrera Prada

NBER Working Paper No. 21607
Issued in October 2015
NBER Program(s):Development Economics, Economics of Education, Labor Studies

We use administrative data to examine medium and long-term formal education and labor market impacts among participants and family members of a randomized vocational training program for disadvantaged youth in Colombia. In the Colombian program, vocational training and formal education are complementary investments: relative to non-participants, randomly selected participants are more likely to complete secondary school and to attend and persist in tertiary education eight years after random assignment. Complementarity is strongest among applicants with high baseline educational attainment. Training also has educational spillover effects on participants’ family members, who are more likely to enroll in tertiary education. Between three and eight years after randomization, participants are more likely to enter and remain in formal employment, and have formal sector earnings that are at least 11 percent higher than those of non-participants.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w21607

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