Special Research Topic
Poverty and Development

Project: Effectiveness of Youth Employment Programmes

Project Duration

07/2014 - 06/2018 (finalized)

Commissioned by

WGL – Pakt für Forschung

Project Team (RWI)

Prof. Dr. Jochen Kluve (Chief)


World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), International Labour Organization (ILO), GIZ

Leader of Consortium



This project analyses the effectiveness and optimal design of youth employment programmes. These programmes – such as skills training, entrepreneurship training, wage subsidies – are of crucial policy importance against the background of high and increasing rates of youth unemployment worldwide. The project comprises three work packages: (1) meta-analysis of the universe of impact evaluations of youth interventions, (2) a set of particular evaluations in specific countries, (3) methodological advances in measuring outcomes.