Journal Article

Vocational training for disadvantaged youth in Colombia: a long-term follow-up

Date: 01 April 2017
Publisher: American Economic Association
Published in: American Economic Journal: Applied Economics , Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. pp. 131-43
DOI: 10.1257/app.20150554

We evaluate the long-term impacts of a randomized Colombian training and job placement program. Following the large short-term effects, we now find that the program effects persist, increasing formal participation and earnings contributions to social security and working in larger firms. By using a large administrative source we are also able to establish that the program improved both male and female labor market outcomes by a similar amount--a result that was not apparent with the smaller evaluation sample. The results point to a cost-effective approach to reducing informality and improving labor market outcomes in the long run.