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  • Alison Booth
  • Pamela Katic

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We use new training data from waves 3-6 of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey to investigate the training and wages of full-time men. We explore the extent to which the data are consistent with the predictions of human capital theory or with recent alternative theories based on imperfectly competitive labour markets. According to the raw data, most work-related training received by full-time private sector men is general but it is also paid for by employers. Our fixed effects estimates reveal that this training is associated with higher wages in current and in future firms, and that the effect in future firms is larger and more precisely determined. These results are more consistent with the predictions of human capital theory based on imperfectly competitive labour markets than with the alternative of perfect competition.

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Paper provided by Centre for Economic Policy Research, Research School of Economics, Australian National University in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 586.

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Date of creation: Aug 2008
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Handle: RePEc:auu:dpaper:586

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Keywords: work-related training; full-time men; training costs; general human capital; turnover;

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  1. Rzepka, Sylvi & Tamm, Marcus, 2013. "Local Employer Competition and Training of Workers," IZA Discussion Papers 7853, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Christoph Ehlert, 2013. "Did Customers Benefit from the Reorganisation of Customer Management in German Employment Agencies?," Ruhr Economic Papers 0462, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen.
  3. Sylvi Rzepka & Marcus Tamm, 2013. "Local Employer Competition and Training of Workers," Ruhr Economic Papers 0463, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen.

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