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Firm-specific Training: Consequences for Job Mobility

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  • Zweimüller, Josef

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    (University of Zurich)

  • Winter-Ebmer, Rudolf

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    (University of Linz)

Abstract

This paper analyzes the impact of formal training on worker mobility. Using data from the Swiss Labor Force Survey, we find that on-the-job search activities and, to a smaller extent, actual job separations are significantly affected by both employer-provided and general training. Moreover, while the separation probability of searching workers is strongly affected by previous firm-provided training, no such effect shows up for non-searchers. This is consistent with the hypothesis that workers bear most of the cost of specific training.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 138.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2000
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Publication status: published as 'On-the-job-training, job search and job mobility' in: Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Nationalökonomie und Statistik / Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics, 2003, 139 (4), 563-576
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp138

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Keywords: on-the-job-search; Firm-specific training; turnover;

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  1. Schenk-Hoppe, Klaus Reiner & Schmalfu[ss], Bjorn, 2001. "Random fixed points in a stochastic Solow growth model," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 36(1), pages 19-30, September.
  2. Grund, Christian, 2000. "Wages as Risk Compensation in Germany," IZA Discussion Papers 221, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Sieben,Inge, 2005. "Does Training Trigger Turnover...or Not?," ROA Research Memorandum 008, Maastricht University, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA).

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