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Do Government Subsidies Stimulate Training Expenditure? Microeconometric Evidence from Plant Level Data

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  • Görg, Holger

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    (Kiel Institute for the World Economy)

  • Strobl, Eric

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    (Ecole Polytechnique, Paris)

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This paper examines whether financial assistance provided by government induces firms to spend more of their own funds on training expenditures, using plant level data for the Republic of Ireland. We pay particular attention to the potential problems in such an evaluation study, namely selectivity and endogeneity, by first identifying a valid counterfactual for grant receiving plants via a matching estimator and then employing a difference-in-differences technique on this matched sample. Our results show that there are differences in causal effects between domestic and foreign owned plants. For the former we find clear evidence that grant receipt stimulates private expenditure, while there are no statistically significant effects for foreign-owned plants based in Ireland.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 1606.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: May 2005
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Publication status: published in: Southern Economic Journal, 2006, 72(4), 860-876
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