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Young Lives at Work (YLAW), was launched with new funding from UK's Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office in 2019.  It continues to follow the original study children in Ethiopia, India (Andhra Pradesh and Telangana States), Peru and Vietnam, into youth and young adulthood using our quantitative survey method. 

The project initially planned to conduct a 6th Round of our household and child survey in 2020 followed by a 7th Round in 2024.  It aimed to investigate how education and skills shape young people's opportunities as they move in to the labour market.

When Covid-19 hit, the research team adapted to use an innovative phone survey to find out how the pandemic was impacting young people in our study. In 2020, three calls were conducted in each Young Lives country. The data are publicly archived with the UK Data Archive.  Methodological and technical resources, as well as the research outputs, news and blogs are available below.  

In 2021, with the pandemic continuing, the team has conducted a second phone survey, made up of Call 4 and Call 5 and will publish findings in early 2022.  The team is planning to conduct the postponed face to face Round 6 in 2023.

Quotation Marks
“Studying the life trajectories of the Young Lives ‘children’ offers a unique opportunity to discover who is most likely to recover from a childhood in poverty, at what age, in which circumstances and with what implications for participation in the labour market and entrepreneurship”
- YLAW co Principle Investigator, Marta Favara
Project Information
UK’s Foreign, Commonweath, and Development Office
2020 – 2024
Principle Investigators
Co-Principle Investigators
Global Research Team
Vietnam Team
Consultation Guides

A series of Consultation Guides are available for study participants which provide information on coronavirus and support available. These guides are published on our study country websites here: Ethiopia, India, Peru and an external site here: Vietnam