The Yemen Youth Internship Impact Evaluation 2015 evaluates a youth internship program in the Republic of Yemen that provided firms with a 50 percent subsidy to hire recent graduates of universities and vocational schools. The first round of the program took place in 2014 and required both firms and youth to apply for the program. A short-term follow-up survey conducted just as civil conflict was breaking out shows that internship recipients had better employment outcomes than the control group in the first five months after the program ended.
Kind of data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Survey of Youth in Sanaa and Aden
Unit of analysis
Individual Youth who applied for an internship program
Youth who applied for an internship program
Producers and sponsors
World Bank Group
Ana Paula Cusolito
World Bank Group
World Bank Group
Umbrella Facility for Gender Equality
3,487 youth applied for the program. After firms had indicated their demand for interns, these jobs were mapped to specializations of study. For some positions there was a single specialization that was relevant (e.g. a firm requesting interns for a dentistry position had this job mapped just to applicants who had studied dentistry), while for others several specializations were considered suitable (e.g. for firms requiring interns in business administration positions, the specializations of business administration, office management, and management were all considered suitable). Based on this potential demand, SMEPS randomly chose a sample of 500 applicants with probability proportion to demand.
The 500 applicants invited to the two-day training were randomly assigned to treatment and control groups. Random assignment effectively occurred within strata defined by specialization and city. In all there are 231 such strata, but many of these contain few individuals in specializations with no market demand, so only 39 strata were used.
Finally, additional individuals who had not gone through the two-day training were randomly selected to boost numbers for some positions. Randomization was done internally at SMEPS using Excel. The resulting experimental sample consists of 583 youth, of which 430 (318 male, 112 female) were allocated to treatment, and 153 (105 male, 48 female) to control.
The follow-up survey had a response rate of 78.7% (78.1% treatment, 80.4% control, p-value of test of equality 0.666).
Dates of collection
Mode of data collection
Computer Assisted Telephone Interview [cati]
The survey asked questions about employment during 2014 to capture the time of the internship, and then questions about employment in the months of December 2014 and February 2015 to capture post-treatment employment outcomes.
Use of the dataset must be acknowledged using a citation which would include:
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David McKenzie, Nabila Assaf and Ana Paula Cusolito, World Bank, The Demand for, and Impact of, Youth Internships: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Yemen 2015, World Bank Policy Research Working Paper no. 7463, Ref. YEM_2015_YIIE_v01_M, Dataset downloaded from [url] on [date].
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