Going beyond LATE: Bounding average treatment effects of job corps training

Xuan Chen, Carlos A. Flores, Alfonso Flores-Lagunes

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We derive bounds on the population average treatment effect (ATE) and the average treatment effect on the treated (ATT) with an instrumental variable and employ them to evaluate the effectiveness of the Job Corps (JC) training program using data from a randomized evaluation with noncompliance. We find positive effects of JC on earnings and employment, and negative effects on public benefits dependence for eligible applicants (ATE) and participants (ATT). Some of our results also point to positive average effects on the labor market outcomes of "never-takers" (individuals who never enroll in JC regardless of their treatment assignment).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1050-1099
Number of pages50
JournalJournal of Human Resources
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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