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On-the-Job Learning and Earnings: Comparative Evidence from Morocco and Senegal

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  • Nordman, Christophe Jalil

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    (IRD, DIAL, Paris)

  • Wolff, François-Charles

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    (University of Nantes)

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In this paper, we consider a model of on-the-job learning where workers learn informally by watching and imitating colleagues. We estimate the rate of knowledge diffusion inside the firm using two matched worker-firm data sets from Morocco and Senegal. We rely on non-linear least squares to estimate the structural parameters of the informal learning model and account for firm heterogeneity using firm factors derived from a principal component analysis. We find that the rate of knowledge diffusion is around 7 percent in Morocco and Senegal, but part of the learning-by-watching returns stems from firm heterogeneity. Informal training significantly affects the shape of returns to tenure in these two countries. Finally, we estimate an extended model with both learning-by-watching and learning-by-doing and find significant benefits from imitating colleagues in Morocco.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6728.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2012
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Publication status: published in: Region et Developpement, 2012, 35, 151-176
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Keywords: earnings functions; informal training; learning-by-watching; learning-by-doing; returns to tenure; Morocco; Senegal;

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  1. Nordman, Christophe Jalil & Pasquier-Doumer, Laure, 2012. "Vocational Education, On-the-Job Training and Labour Market Integration of Young Workers in Urban West Africa," Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine 123456789/10596, Paris Dauphine University.

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