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, condense results from evaluations in policy publications and evaluation summaries, and fund new research through the Jobs and Opportunity Initiative

Jóvenes trabajan en sus postulaciones de trabajo. Photo: Aude Guerrucci | J-PAL
Policy Insight

Reducing search barriers for jobseekers

Programs focused on reducing job search barriers often improve jobseekers’ employment outcomes. These programs can help jobseekers identify where and how to look for jobs, encourage increased search effort, and help communicate qualifications to employers.

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 market.


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. 

Sector Chairs

Co-Chair, Labor Markets

Member, Executive Committee

Chris P. Dialynas Professor of Economics

University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Scientific Director, J-PAL Middle East and North Africa

Co-Chair, Labor Markets


ENSAE and École Polytechnique

Sector Contacts

Policy Associate, J-PAL Global

Lisa Corsetto

Policy Manager, J-PAL Global