May 2021

IZA DP No. 14427: Can Information about Jobs Improve the Effectiveness of Vocational Training? Experimental Evidence from India

Bhaskar Chakravorty, Wiji Arulampalam, Clement Imbert, Roland Rathelot

Using a randomised experiment, we show that providing better information about prospective jobs to vocational trainees can improve their placement outcomes. The study setting is the vocational training programme DDU-GKY in India. We find that including in the training two information sessions about placement opportunities make trainees 17% more likely to stay in the jobs in which they are placed. We argue that this effect is likely driven by improved selection into training. As a result of the intervention, trainees that are over-optimistic about placement jobs are more likely to drop out before placement.