Labor Markets

J-PAL’s Labor Markets sector evaluates what works to get job seekers into the workforce, to ease young people’s transitions into the working world, to provide the skills entrepreneurs need to succeed, and to 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, condense results from evaluations in policy publications and evaluation summaries, and fund new research through the Jobs and Opportunity Initiative

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Policy Publication

Job Placement and Displacement

Career counseling for young, college-educated job seekers in France helped them find work sooner, but this improvement came at the expense of jobs for those who did not receive counseling, and it did not translate into a long-term increase in employment rates.

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Policy Publication

Inspiring Success: Personalized Trainings for Microenterprises

An randomized evaluation found that adding sessions with role models and individualized assistance to intensive training courses for microentrepreneurs increased their household incomes, mainly through improved business practices and performances

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The Effects of Subsidized Trainings on Young Workers and Small Firms: Evidence from Uganda

Researchers evaluated the impact of offering either subsidized vocational training to unemployed youth or subsidized apprenticeships for firms on youth employment and earning outcomes in urban Uganda. Both forms of subsidized training led to greater skill accumulation, higher employment rates, and...

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Impact of Financial Control on Women’s Labor Supply and Gender Norms in India

Researchers worked with local banks and the state government of Madhya Pradesh to provide women with their own bank accounts, training on how to use them, and direct deposit of wages earned through the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) to measure the impact of...


Returns to Apprenticeship Training in Ghana

Researchers measured the impact of a government apprenticeship program for youth in Ghana on wages, employment, skills, fertility, migration, and other outcomes. The results suggest that apprenticeship programs can provide youth with skills and transition them into self-employment. 

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Policy Insight

Reducing search barriers for job seekers

Programs focused on reducing job search barriers often improve job seekers’ employment outcomes. These programs can help job seekers increase their search effort, identify where and how to look for jobs, surmount geographic and financial obstacles to finding a job, and communicate qualifications to...


Providing Female Garment Workers with Soft Skills Training for Professional Advancement in Bangladesh

By comparing the impacts of soft skills training, a combination of soft and hard skills training, and no training, researchers seek to determine whether soft skills training alone is an effective and efficient way to increase the numbers of promotions offered to women and prepare women to be strong...

Supreet Kaur

Supreet Kaur

Supreet Kaur is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research is in development economics and behavioral economics, with a focus on labor markets.

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The Impact of Extending Childcare on Female Labor in Chile

In Chile, researchers conducted a randomized evaluation to measure the effect of providing free after-school care on women’s labor market outcomes. The program increased women’s labor force participation and employment, and increased the use of daycare for young children who were ineligible for the...


Stefano Caria

Stefano Caria is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick. He uses experimental and structural methods to investigate how to make labor markets work better for the poor.

Sector Chairs

Co-Chair, Labor Markets

Member, Executive Committee

Chris P. Dialynas Professor of Economics

University of Chicago Booth School of Business

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Scientific Director, J-PAL Middle East and North Africa

Co-Chair, Labor Markets


ENSAE and École Polytechnique

Sector Contacts

Lisa Corsetto

Senior Policy Manager, J-PAL Global

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Senior Policy Associate, J-PAL Global