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The impact of skills training on the financial behaviour, employability and educational choices of rural young people: Findings from a Randomized Controlled Trial in Morocco

Impact Report Series, Issue 6. The “Impact report” series disseminates research reports from Taqeem-supported impact evaluations. Reports include baseline, endline and qualitative studies which describe the impact estimates of evaluations of youth employment interventions based on experimental and quasi-experimental designs.

This report assesses a youth-focused skills training programme in rural and semi-rural Morocco. The intervention delivered financial, life and entrepreneurial skills training, aiming to assist young people with the challenges they face during their transition from school to work. Using a randomized controlled trial, the study explores the medium- to long-term impacts on a range of outcomes related to financial inclusion, employability and human capital accumulation.

Youth-focused development organizations throughout MENA increasingly concentrate on providing skills development training to promote financial inclusion and the labour market integration of young people. Despite the proliferation of such training, the evidence is still scarce on its effectiveness in addressing the wider challenges of economic inclusion among young people in MENA. As the first RCT in Morocco to examine a skills training programme, this impact evaluation, therefore, contributes to closing the knowledge gap on what works in youth employment in the region.





Economic Groups

Developing countries


Arab States

Knowledge Products

Research papers and syntheses

Sub Knowledge Products

Working paper


Training quality and relevance
Rural employment
Youth employability

Subject Tags

youth employment
Skills and training policy

Publication Date



Bausch,Jonas; Dyer, Paul; Gardiner, Drew; Kluve, Jochen; Kovacevic, Sonja
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