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Vocational Training

Robert LaLonde and Daniel Sullivan

in Targeting Investments in Children

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780226475813
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226475837 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226475837.003.0013
Vocational Training

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The purpose of this chapter is to assess the success of the public-sector-sponsored vocational and training programs in augmenting the skills of youths and young adults, and in reducing adult poverty. The chapter also discusses the range of existing programs and initiatives, and reviews what the evaluations of these programs tell us about the likelihood that youth or young adult participants will be poor when they reach adulthood. Employment and training initiatives that target economically disadvantaged youths who are at risk of dropping out of school or have already dropped out of high school have not usually been effective. Improving basic skill levels in primary schools and keeping kids in secondary school through a range of options from career academies to athletic programs appears to be the most effective strategy for reducing the risk of adult poverty among at-risk youths.

Keywords: vocational training; public sector; adult poverty; employment; training initiatives; basic skill levels

Chapter.  12104 words. 

Subjects: Public Economics

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