Tuesday, 10 January 2017

The effects of youth training on risk behavior: the role of non-cognitive skills

an article by Carla Calero (Inter-American Development Bank) and Sandra V. Rozo (USC Marshall School of Business, Finance and Business Economics Department) published in IZA Journal of Labor & Development Volume 5 Article 12 (2016)


This paper uses unique experimental data from a youth training program in the Favelas, Brazil, to examine whether youth training programs can prevent treatment recipients from engaging in risk behavior – i.e., cigarettes, alcohol, and hard drug utilization, as well as witnessing or being a victim of violent crime.

Although the program was successful in increasing income, we find that it only improved risk behavior of the treated individuals with higher levels of socio-emotional skills.

JEL Classification: O11, O22, O17

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