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Isaac M. Mbiti, University of Virginia

The Apprenticeship-to-Work Transition: Experimental Evidence from Ghana
When Oct 26, 2021
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where Online via Zoom
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Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Presentation

This paper examines the effects of a government-sponsored apprenticeship training program designed to address high levels of youth unemployment in Ghana. We exploit the randomized access to the program to examine the short-run effects of apprenticeship training on labor market outcomes. Our results show that apprenticeships shift youth out of wage work and into self-employment. However, the loss of wage income is not offset by increases in self-employment profits in the short run. In addition, the paper uses the randomized match between apprentices and training providers to examine the causal effect of characteristics of trainers on outcomes for apprentices. Participants who trained with the most experienced trainers or the most profitable ones had higher earnings. This suggests that training programs can be made more effective through better recruitment of trainers.
Authors: Morgan Hardy, Isaac Mbiti, Jamie McCasland, Isabelle Salcher

About the Speaker

Isaac M. Mbiti is an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. His research focuses on education, labor markets, and job training in East and West Africa. He is an affiliate of JPAL, NBER, BREAD, and IZA, and a co-editor at the Journal of Human Resources. He received his PhD in Economics from Brown University, where he was affiliated with the Population Studies and Training Center (PSTC).

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COVID-19 Information

MPRC public events for Fall 2021 will be a mix of in person and  online via Zoom(One or the other, not hybrid).  For in person events, all event attendees must follow current protocols

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