InProgress by Miguel, Ted

Youth unemployment is one of the most pressing social and economic problems facing less developed countries. Kenya, like many African countries, suffers from high youth unemployment. Yet little is known about how best to improve human capital and job prospects for young adults not on the academic schooling track in less developed countries. Vocational education is one promising avenue for addressing the problem. This project evaluates impacts of a vocational education voucher program among Kenyan youth, using a randomized evaluation design together with an innovative longitudinal (panel) dataset, the Kenya Life Panel Survey (KLPS). In particular, the project explores whether subsidized vocational training can enable the unemployed and those with little formal schooling to move into new and higher-paying occupations, improving their living standards, health and well-being.

Project Director: 
Miguel, Ted
Current and Past Funding: 
NICHD