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High Performance Work Practices and Workplace Training in China: Evidence from Matched Employee-Employer Data

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  • Vinod Mishra
  • Russell Smyth

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This study examines the extent to which high performance work practices (HPWP) are correlated with participation in, and frequency and duration of, workplace training, controlling for worker and workplace characteristics. To do so, the study uses a unique matched employee-employer dataset from Shanghai. The findings suggest that about half of the HPWP considered are positively correlated with the incidence and breadth of workplace training. There is also some support for the view that bundling of HPWP is positively correlated with the provision of workplace training. There is, however, no evidence that the adoption of HPWP polarizes skills through resulting in more training for professional/technical staff over others.

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Paper provided by Monash University, Department of Economics in its series Monash Economics Working Papers with number 30-12.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2012
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Handle: RePEc:mos:moswps:2012-30

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Keywords: China; Training; High performance work practices; Shanghai;

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