InterAmerican Development Bank
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|March 2017||Living Up to Expectations: How Job Training Made Women Better Off and Men Worse Off|
with Guillermo Cruces, Paul Gertler, Sebastian Martinez: w23264
We study the interaction between job and soft skills training on expectations and labor market outcomes in the context of a youth training program in the Dominican Republic. Program applicants were randomly assigned to one of 3 modalities: a full treatment consisting of hard and soft skills training plus an internship, a partial treatment consisting of soft skills training plus an internship, or a control group. We find strong and lasting effects of the program on personal skills acquisition and expectations, but these results are markedly different for young men and young women. Shortly after completing the program, both male and female participants report increased expectations for improved employment and livelihoods. This result is reversed for male participants in the long run, a resul...