Does Vocational Education Lead to Better Labor Market Outcomes
Vocational education has long been touted as a method to provide valuable skills in a rapidly changing labor market. Although results have been mixed, existing literature has shown positive effects of vocational education on various social outcomes. In this paper, I intend to examine the effect of vocational education on income and employment outcomes in Namibia. Specifically, I test the hypotheses that vocational education: i) increases the probability of employment; and ii) increases income levels. Using baseline and follow-up survey data from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), I study the effects of vocational education on income and employment, controlling for demographic characteristics and economic conditions. My hypotheses are partially supported; although participants in the MCC program were more likely to be employed, this effect was not consistent across different measures of vocational training. Moreover, vocational education did not have a significant effect on income levels. These results highlight the importance of tailoring training programs to participants’ needs for future studies.
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