Youth employment is a significant and pressing development issue. But it’s not clear what governments can do. There have been several metareviews of active labor market policies, including a recent one by David, and they’re fairly depressing – showing not much impact at all. Into this fray, however, comes a new paper by Livia Alfonsi, Oriana Bandiera, Vittorio Bassi, Robin Burgess, Imran Rasul,
I am always on the lookout for impact evaluations that give us the long term effects of interventions. I recently came across a paper by Pablo Ibarraran, Jochen Kluve, Laura Ripani and David Rosas Shady looking at the effects of a youth training program in the Dominican Republic. While we have some evidence on the long term effects of these kind of programs from developed countries, this is quite possibly the first in a developing context.