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Data Set Description

G2LM|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


Time Periods: 2015 - 2016


GLM|LIC REP: Reducing Extreme Poverty through Skill Training for Industry Job Placement, 2015-2016. Research Data Center of IZA (IDSC). Version 1.0. doi:10.15185/glmlic.238.1

Researchers working with the “G2LM|LIC - REP: Reducing Extreme Poverty through Skill Training for Industry Job Placement” are obligated to acknowledge the data base and its documentation within their publications, including the DOI, by using this reference.

Restricted Access

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

Longitudinal survey data
Qualitative data
Field Experiment


Telephone interview, Personal Interview, Field/Intervention


Access to the data is provided to non-for-profit research, replication and teaching purposes. The data is available from the Research Data Center of IZA (IDSC).
Please contact IDSC for any access requests.




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