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The Role of Firm Size in Training Provision Decisions: evidence from Spain

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  • Laia Castany

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    (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona)

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    The level of training provided by small firms to their employees is below that provided by their larger counterparts. The provision of firm-related training is believed to be associated to certain characteristics of the firm. In this paper we argue that small firms provide fewer training opportunities as they are less likely to be associated with these characteristics than large firms. The suitability of estimating training decisions as a double-decision process is examined here: first, a firm has to decide whether to provide training or not and, second, having decided to do so, the amount of training to provide. The differences in training provision between small and large firms are decomposed in order to analyse the individual contribution of these characteristics to explaining the gap. The results show that small firms face greater obstacles in accessing training and that the main reasons for that are related to their technological activity and the geographical scope of the market in which they operate.

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    Paper provided by University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics in its series IREA Working Papers with number 200808.

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    Length: 33 pages
    Date of creation: Jun 2008
    Date of revision: Jun 2008
    Handle: RePEc:ira:wpaper:200808

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    Keywords: Continuous training; Firm size; Innovative activity.;

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