Senior Economist, Africa Region
Nearly 60% of Uganda’s population is under 20 years old. This generation faces health and economic challenges associated with HIV, early pregnancy and unemployment. In this MADS, Markus Goldstein presents the results of a combined program of (i) vocational training and (ii) information on health and risky behaviors for adolescent girls in Uganda that achieved a 32% increase in girls’ employment and a 26% decrease in child bearing after two years. These startling findings suggest combined interventions might be more effective among adolescent girls than single-pronged interventions aiming to improve labor market outcomes solely through vocational training, or to change risky behaviors solely through education programs.
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