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Training, Mobility, and Wages: Specific Versus General Human Capital

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  • Garloff, Alfred
  • Kuckulenz, Anja
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    This paper considers training, mobility decisions and wages together to test for the specificity of human capital contained in continuing training courses. We empirically analyse the relationship between training, mobility and wages in two ways. First, we examine the correlation between training and mobility. In a second step, we consider wage effects of mobility taking training participation into account. First, we find that training participation is negatively correlated with the mobility decision and that training participation decreases the probability of individuals to change the job. Second, we find that wages are lower for job changers for the group of training participants, so wages decrease when trained individuals are mobile. Finally, training participation negatively affects the individuals's subjective valuation of the quality of their last job change. Taken together, these results suggest that there is some specific human capital, which is incorporated into training and lost when moving between jobs. --

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    Paper provided by ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research in its series ZEW Discussion Papers with number 05-96.

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    Date of creation: 2005
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    Handle: RePEc:zbw:zewdip:4579

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    Keywords: training; mobility; wages; search; job matching;

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    Cited by:
    1. Bernd Fitzenberger & Alfred Garloff, 2006. "Descriptive Evidence on Labor Market Transitions and the Wage Structure in Germany," Working Papers of the Research Group Heterogenous Labor, Research Group Heterogeneous Labor, University of Konstanz/ZEW Mannheim 06-02, Research Group Heterogeneous Labor, University of Konstanz/ZEW Mannheim.
    2. Vincent Delbecque & Sylvie Le Laidier & Jacques Mairesse & Laurence Nayman, 2012. "L'évaluation des investissements incorporels en France : Méthodes et premiers résultats," Working Papers, Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique 2012-26, Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique.
    3. Kuckulenz, Anja, 2006. "Continuing Vocational Training in Germany: A Comparative Study Using 3 German Data Set," ZEW Discussion Papers 06-24, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.

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