Improving Youth Employment Training in Egypt
In Egypt, 3.5 million youth are unemployed. Evidence shows that a substantial part of this problem is a mismatch between young workers and employers. This project aims to improve our understanding of the contribution of job fairs in the labor market behavior of jobseekers, how job fairs can be improved to ensure higher attendance and better job matching, and if information frictions regarding job fairs and the labor market, as well as capital constraints negatively affect the job search behavior and outcomes.
Education for Employment (EFE'Egypt) and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL) will lead the project. The research will investigate how to recruit young workers for training programs most effectively, and how to design an employment-driven training model that responds to employers' skills demands. Researchers will also explore how to change employer beliefs that underprivileged youth do not have suitable skills. Similarly, they will look at how to influence perceptions among uninformed youth about employer skills demands and market returns.