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Daniel Rubenson

Department of Politics
Ryerson University
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July 2019Does Vocational Education Work? Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Mongolia
with Erica M. Field, Leigh L. Linden, Ofer Malamud, Shing-Yi Wang: w26092
This paper estimates the impact of admission to formal vocational secondary programs on labor market outcomes in Mongolia. We conducted public lotteries to allocate scarce slots for approximately 8,000 students who applied to oversubscribed trades in 10 vocational schools during 2010, 2011, and 2012. We find that admission to oversubscribed vocational schools in Mongolia led to significantly higher employment, and increased earnings for women. These positive impacts appear to be due to the acquisition of more skills in specific trades, greater work intensity, and increased employment opportunities in high-paying sectors.
 
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