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What Makes Firm-Based Vocational Training Schemes Successful? The Role of Commitment

  • Christian Dustmann
  • Uta Sch�nberg

This paper studies a possible market failure in the firm-based vocational training market: training may be too complex to be specified in a contract so that it is legally enforceable, resulting in the inability of firms to commit to training provision. We present a model of firm provided training and show that training is substantially lower in the no commitment than in the commitment case. Thus, firm-based vocational training schemes are more successful in countries where commitment to training provision is more widespread. (JEL J24, L25, M12, M53)

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Article provided by American Economic Association in its journal American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.

Volume (Year): 4 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 36-61

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Handle: RePEc:aea:aejapp:v:4:y:2012:i:2:p:36-61
Note: DOI: 10.1257/app.4.2.36
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