Crime Lab Youth Employment and Crime and Violence Reduction in Honduras

Honduras continues to struggle with high levels of lethal violence, especially among young men (age 20-24) whose homicide rate is a staggering 300 per 100,000. This level of homicides makes Honduras the second most violent country in the world. Reducing youth violence in Honduras is a top policy priority, and there are innovative efforts underway to engage young people and give them the skills and experience they need to succeed in the labor market. Crime Lab Affiliate and University of Illinois at Chicago Assistant Professor Ben Feigenberg, in partnership with the Government of Honduras and Laura Chioda and Marcus Holmlund at the World Bank, is currently evaluating a labor market readiness program for Honduran youth at risk of engaging in violence. The program provides youth with soft skills and vocational training, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and a temporary job. Through a randomized controlled trial design, Chioda, Feigenberg, and Holmlund aim to generate evidence about the impact of this program on involvement in crime and violence.