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Explaining Cross-Country Differences in Job-Related Training: Macroeconomic Evidence from OECD Countries

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  • Serge Coulombe
  • Jean-Francois Tremblay

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This paper presents an empirical analysis on the macroeconomic determinants of aggregate job-related training activity across fourteen OECD countries. Training data comes from the International Adult Literacy Survey. We find that compression at the bottom of the wage distribution has a positive effect on aggregate training across countries and age-groups while compression at the top has the opposite effect. Consistent with microeconomic evidence on education and training, average literacy skills in each country and age-group have a positive effect on the proportion of workers trained. The analysis controls for unemployment rates, R&D levels, unionization rates, and industrial structures.

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Article provided by CEPII research center in its journal Economie Internationale.

Volume (Year): (2007)
Issue (Month): 110 ()
Pages: 5-29

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Handle: RePEc:cii:cepiei:2007-2ta

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Keywords: Job-related training; wage compression; macroeconomic evidence; labor market; professional training;

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  1. Bert Minne & Marc van der Steeg & Dinand Webbink, 2008. "Skill gaps in the EU: role for education and training policies," CPB Document 162, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.

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