Flexible Contracts and Human Capital Investments
AbstractAs suggested by human capital theory, workers with flexible contracts participate lessoften in training than those with permanent contracts. We find that this is merely dueto the fact that flexworkers receive less employerâfunded training, a gap they can onlypartly compensate for by their own training investments. Flexworkers particularlyparticipate less in firmâspecific training that is meant to keep up with new skilldemands than workers with permanent contracts. However, for those who participatein employerâfunded firmâspecific training, a temporary contract appears to facilitatethe transition to a permanent contract with the same employer. However, this doesnot hold for participation in selfâpaid training. This training, which is usually generaltraining, does not help in finding a better job.
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Flexible contracts; Employer-funded training; Self-funded training; Labour market mobility; J24; J41; J62;
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- Fouarge Didier & Grip Andries de & Smits Wendy & Vries Robert de, 2011. "Flexible contracts and human capital investments," Research Memoranda 051, Maastricht : METEOR, Maastricht Research School of Economics of Technology and Organization.
- Fouarge Didier & Grip Andries de & Smits Wendy & Vries Robert de, 2011. "Flexible contracts and human capital investments," Research Memoranda 013, Maastricht : ROA, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market.
- J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
- J41 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Labor Contracts
- J62 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies - - - Job, Occupational and Intergenerational Mobility; Promotion
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