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Career progression and formal versus on-the-job training

Authors: Jerome Adda , Christian Dustmann , Costas Meghir and Jean-Marc Robin
Date: 08 August 2006
Type: cemmap Working Paper, W06/16
DOI: 10.1920/wp.ifs.2006.0616


We develop a dynamic discrete choice model of training choice, employment and wage growth, allowing for job mobility, in a world where wages depend on firm-worker matches, as well as experience and tenure and jobs take time to locate. We estimate this model on a large administrative panel data set which traces labour market transitions, mobility across firms and wages from the end of statutory schooling. We use the model to evaluate the life-cycle return to apprenticeship training and find that on average the costs outweigh the benefits; however for those who choose to train the returns are positive. We then use our model to consider the long-term lifecycle effects of two reforms: One is the introduction of an Earned Income Tax Credit in Germany, and the other is a reform to Unemployment Insurance. In both reforms we find very significant impacts of the policy on training choices and on the value of realised matches, demonstrating the importance of considering such longer term implications. Download full version
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Jerome Adda, Christian Dustmann, Costas Meghir and Jean-Marc Robin January 2009, Career progression and formal versus on-the-job training, cemmap Working Paper, W09/06

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