High levels of unemployment, particularly amongst youth, pose a significant problem in Mongolia. The Mongolian government has introduced active labor market policies to provide training and support for youth with the aim of reducing unemployment and alleviating poverty in the country. A team of local researchers investigates the effects of Vocational Training Programs (VTP) on earnings, job quality, and the likelihood and duration of youth employment in Mongolia’s capital city, Ulaanbaatar. The researchers find that VTP can be an efficient way to promote employment and increase income for youth in the short term. The VTP can also be even made more effective by providing trainees with general labor market information alongside the training, which was found to improve attendance.
Find out more about the research methods, findings and policy recommendations in the following PEP publications: