Together with India’s Aajeevika Skills program, which will provide vocational training for 5 million unemployed rural youth between 2012 and 2017, this pilot study looks at how to more effectively integrate rural young women into the labor force. The authors identify supply and demand-side constraints and incentives driving behavior of young female trainees and private-partner training organizations and use these in the design of an RCT that tests how altering one or more key identified constraints can increase young women’s recruitment and retention.
On the supply side, they collect data on information and incentives available to trainees, with a focus on the accuracy of perceived returns and influence of trainees’ families on their take-up and course selection.
On the demand side, they conduct interviews and surveys to examine trainer-specific incentives for training and placing women, focusing on financing and life-cycle considerations that may improve female recruitment and retention.
This was funded under the J-Pal Post-Primary Education Initiative
The paper presents preliminary results which should not be cited.
Harvard Kennedy School. Identifying the Key Constraints to Young Indian Women’s Labor Force Participation, January 2017.