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 into the working world, provide the skills entrepreneurs need to succeed, and help businesses grow and innovate.

In addition to supporting policymakers in applying evidence from randomized evaluations to their work, sector chairs and staff write policy insights that synthesize general lessons emerging from the research, and condense results from evaluations in policy publications and evaluation summaries. See all evaluations in the Labor Markets sector.

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...

Sector Chairs

Bruno Crépon


Sector Contacts

Lisa Corsetto

Lisa Corsetto

Senior Policy Associate

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