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Distinguishing Companies with Different Apprenticeship Training Motivations – Evidence from German Establishment Data

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  • Jens Mohrenweiser

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    (Institute for Strategy and Business Economics, University of Zurich)

  • Uschi Backes-Gellner

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    (Institute for Strategy and Business Economics, University of Zurich)

Abstract

In the theoretical literature on why companies train apprentices three different approaches are usually distinguished: the investment, the substitution and the reputation motive. The aim of our paper is to empirically identify whether a company follows one or the other motive or even more than one training motive. We derive identifying variables from the respective theoretical models and estimate econometric models which help to reliably classify companies with respect to their training motives. The distribution of the companies across the respective motivations we receive is similar to results that can be derived from studies with detailed cost benefit training information. However, unlike our data set the latter data sets have only a limited set of non-training variables which restricts the possibilities of further analyzing training matters in conjunction with the broader company or industry picture. Using detailed company information we show that the influence of foreign owned firms and work councils on training participation is critical dependent on the training motivation of the companies.

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Paper provided by University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU) in its series Economics of Education Working Paper Series with number 0007.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2006
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Handle: RePEc:iso:educat:0007

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Keywords: Apprentices Training Motives; Investment in Training; Substitution Effects; Foreign Owned Firms; Works Councils;

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  1. Spyros Arvanitis & Tobias Stucki, 2008. "Training Propensity of Start-ups in Switzerland - A Study Based on Data for the Start-up Cohort 1996-97," Economics of Education Working Paper Series 0035, University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU).
  2. Spyros Arvanitis, 2008. "Are Firm Innovativeness and Firm Age Relevant for the Supply of Vocational Training? A Study Based on Swiss Micro Data," KOF Working papers 08-198, KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich.
  3. Heinz Hollenstein & Tobias Stucki, 2009. "Determinanten des Angebots an Lehrstellen – Der Einfluss von IKT, Organisation und Humankapital," KOF Analysen, KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich, vol. 3(1), pages 79-93, March.
  4. Heinz Hollenstein & Tobias Stucki, 2008. "The Impact of ICT Usage, Workplace Organisation and Human Capital on the Provision of Apprenticeship Training : A Firm-level Analysis Based on Swiss Panel Data," KOF Working papers 08-205, KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich.

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