The Effect of Soft Skills Training and Cash Grants on Enterprise and Employment Growth in Tanzania
Last registered on March 12, 2019

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
The Effect of Soft Skills Training and Cash Grants on Enterprise and Employment Growth in Tanzania
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0003986
Initial registration date
March 07, 2019
Last updated
March 12, 2019 1:19 PM EDT
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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Innovations for Poverty Action
PI Affiliation
University of Connecticut, RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research
PI Affiliation
Overseas Development Institute
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2017-04-01
End date
2019-08-01
Secondary IDs
Abstract
Due to low formal employment options, youth unemployment is a significant concern in developing countries. Governments and international
organizations are encouraging self-employment through micro- and small enterprise development as a solution. Because many young people do not have the skills or interest to start businesses, there is a common belief that high quality skills training programs are needed. TechnoServe's Strengthening Rural Youth Development through Enterprise program trains youth on basic life and career skills and later links them with employers or supports them in developing microenterprises. Using a randomized controlled trial, we estimate the impact of this unique and intensive soft skills training program, as well as the additional impact of receiving a cash grant. This study will provide evidence of the impact on labor force participation, employment and economic status, as well as looking at the mechanisms of a soft skills approach to training, including entrepreneurial and career skills, aspirations and psycho-social adjustment.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Calderone, Margherita et al. 2019. "The Effect of Soft Skills Training and Cash Grants on Enterprise and Employment Growth in Tanzania." AEA RCT Registry. March 12. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/3986/history/43247
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2017-07-01
Intervention End Date
2018-03-31
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
This study will provide evidence of the impact on labor force participation, employment and economic status, as well as looking at the mechanisms of a soft skills approach to training, including entrepreneurial and career skills, aspirations and psycho-social adjustment.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Using a randomized controlled trial (RCT), we study the impact of an innovative intervention that aims at fostering the enthusiasm of youth for skilled self-employment and helping them develop and fund concrete business plans.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Computer-generated randomization
Randomization Unit
Clustered at the ward/ village level
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
135 wards/ villages
Sample size: planned number of observations
Approximately 3,800 respondents
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
72 villages were randomly assigned to treatment.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Innovations for Poverty Action
IRB Approval Date
2018-04-10
IRB Approval Number
7524
Analysis Plan
Analysis Plan Documents
STRYDE 2.0 Pre-Analysis Plan

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Uploaded At: March 12, 2019