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Reducing Extreme Poverty Through Skill Training for Industry Job Placement

by Abu Shonchoy, Selim Raihan, Tomoki Fujii | Thursday, January 12, 2017

Vocational training programs aimed at rapidly growing sectors have the potential to reduce skills gaps, improve income and employment potentials. Such programs often been unsuccessful, because they are not driven by industry-demand and market-linkages, and they are not well targeted. Our rigorous RCT-based impact study shows that a targeted training-program offered to poor rural households in northwest Bangladesh has significant effects on employment in garment factories. Data from a follow-up -- six and twelve months’ after the intervention -- shows a statistically significant and large employment effect of the training program when it is combined with the stipend or internship.

Download the full policy brief here.

Click here for a brief introduction of the project.