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Data Set Description

GLM|LIC REP: Reducing Extreme Poverty through Skill Training for Industry Job Placement Logo

The experimental intervention of this study was inspired by the Department for International Development (DFID)-funded training program conducted in the Northern Bangladesh by Gana Unnayan Kendra (GUK).

By employing randomized control trial (RCT) technique, this study addresses which component of a successful training program helps individuals find and secure jobs in the manufacturing sector in general and RMG sector in particular. The researchers provided four different variations of job-related interventions randomly to eligible participants which are the following:


  • i) Day-long job-related information session,

  • ii) One-month long residential skill training,

  • iii) Month-long residential training with financial stipend for migration and forgone income and,

  • iv) Same as three with one month paid internship (on-the-job training) in a factory located in the capital city (Full treatment).


The interventions were conducted with an active collaboration with a local NGO (GUK) in the north-eastern part (Gaibandha) of Bangladesh, one of the poverty stricken areas of Bangladesh. To select the sample for this experiment, we conducted a short survey to recruit eligible participants (eligibility requires that the prospective participant is interested in training if offered an opportunity) from a large population on the basis of age, education and poverty status. After having the list of eligible participants for the study, each participant was randomly assigned to either a control group or to receive one of the interventions from the above mentioned four treatments. Before the randomization, a baseline study has been conducted to collect detailed information about the participants and their households. Six months after receiving the intervention, the participants were surveyed again over the phone for a short follow-up survey. A detailed panel survey of each participant was done after one year of the intervention. A second follow-up survey of the participants was done 18 months after the intervention. To track the participants for the purpose of the survey, each participant was given a mobile-phone connection and airtime topup incentive as a reward for participating in each of theses surveys.

Survey Status


Until June 2016, the research team has completed a comprehensive baseline survey, a six-month follow-up survey, a comprehensive panel survey (12 months follow-up) and an eighteen-month follow-up survey. At the baseline, a total of 2215 individual was surveyed, of which 2150, 2157 and 2078 participants were surveyed in the first follow-up, panel, and the second follow-up survey, respectively. The overall attrition rate is less than 5 percent. The overall attrition rate in first follow-up, panel, and the second follow-up survey is 2.93, 2.62 and 6.19 percent respectively.

Date Created: 2019-10-24

Scope of Data Set

Subject Terms: POOR PERSONS, POOR RELIEF, RURAL AREAS, TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION INITIATIVE, TEXTILE INDUSTRY, UNSKILLED WORKERS, IN-COMPANY EDUCATIONAL TRAINING

Time Periods: 2015 - 2016

Citation(s)

Availability:

Restricted Access


Investigator(s):
  1. Shonchoy, Abu S.
  2. Fujii, Tomoki
  3. Raihan, Selim
  4. Khondker, Bazlul Haque
Contributor(s):
  1. UK Government Department for International Development (DFID)
  2. IZA/DFID Growth and Labour Markets in Low Income Countries Programme (GLM|LIC)
Type:

Longitudinal survey data
Qualitative data
Field Experiment

Source:

Telephone interview, Personal Interview, Field/Intervention

Right:

Access to the data is available from the International Data Service Center (IDSC) of IZA through data use contracts. Access to the data is provided to non-for-profit research, analytical and teaching purposes.

Please contact idsc(at)iza(dot)org for any access requests.

Coverage:

Gaibandha

Reference(s):

GLM|LIC Policy Brief No. 9


Geographic Coverage:
 BANGLADESH