NOVAFRICA Webinar “A Firm of One’s Own: Experimental Evidence on Credit Constraints and Occupational Choice”

On Wednesday, December 16th, at 02h30pm, Lisbon time, the NOVAFRICA Center welcomes Pamela Jakiela from Williams College.

Author: Pamela Jakiela, Williams College

Abstract: This study presents results from a randomized evaluation of two labor market interventions targeted to young women aged 18 to 19 years in three of Nairobi’s poorest neighborhoods. One treatment offered participants a bundled intervention designed to simultaneously relieve credit and human capital constraints; a second treatment provided women with an unrestricted cash grant, but no training or other support. Both interventions had economically large and statistically significant impacts on income in the first year after treatment, but these impacts dissipated in the second year after treatment and did not return.

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