Labor Markets

J-PAL’s Labor Markets sector evaluates what works to get the unemployed back into the workforce, to ease young people’s transitions from the classroom to the working world, and to provide the skills entrepreneurs need to succeed.

The Youth Initiative seeks to evaluate policies and interventions that can help disadvantaged youth to successfully navigate the transition from adolescence to adulthood. This includes policies to promote integration of youth into the labor force, foster entrepreneuriship, enhance life skills, and help youth avoid risky behavior.

The Skills for Youth Program (SYP) seeks to identify and rigorously evaluate innovative solutions designed to improve youth employment in Latin America. Specifically, one of its goals is to address the mismatch or disconnect between youth skills and the labor market’s demands. 

A factory worker poses in Kenya.


Vocational Education Voucher Delivery and Labor Market Returns in Kenya

What are the impacts of vocational education on labor markets, migration patterns, and health and fertility outcomes in Kenya?


Isaac Mbiti

Isaac Mbiti is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the University of Virgina. His research interests are in economic development, labor economics, and demography.


Counseling Welfare Recipients in Hauts de Seine, France

Researchers sought to test whether intensive job-counseling with a private provider is an effective means of increasing employment rates, even for a population with such a low attachment to the labor...


See Tomorrow's Jobs, Invest in Girls Today

Making employment opportunities for women more salient and accessible led to increased investment in education and nutrition of girls, and delayed marriage and childbearing among women in rural India...


Business Training for Women in Ahmedabad, India

Researchers offered two days of business training and assistance in identifying a medium-term financial goal to a random sample of women of different castes and religions in India. Women trained with...

Trained health aide and mother read to young child in Jamaica | Photo courtesy of Development Media International


Early Childhood Engagement for Lifelong Learning

Early childhood stimulation programs implemented at home with parents can contribute to children’s cognitive and socio-emotional development, ultimately enabling them to improve on a number of future...

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Bruno Crépon


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