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The Quality of Skill Acquisition in Young Workers' First Job


  • Francis Green
  • Scott M. Montgomery


Young workers' experiences of their first job form an important stage in the transition from school to work, and the quality of that experience is likely to have a strong bearing on future chances in the labour market. We provide evidence on a key aspect of that experience, namely, whether the skills acquired during the first job are firm‐specific or in some degree transferable. More than one in six young people acquired only firm‐specific skills in their first substantial job. High levels of prior human capital, short training spells or training leading to qualifications tend to raise, while being in casual or temporary jobs tends to lower, the likelihood that transferable skills are acquired.

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  • Francis Green & Scott M. Montgomery, 1998. "The Quality of Skill Acquisition in Young Workers' First Job," LABOUR, CEIS, vol. 12(3), pages 473-487, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:labour:v:12:y:1998:i:3:p:473-487
    DOI: 10.1111/1467-9914.00076

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    1. Florence Audier & Vanessa Di Paola & Marion Lambert & Dominique Meurs & Stéphanie Moullet & Coralie Perez, 2004. "Les déterminants des entrées dans les fonctions publiques : parcours du combattant ou pis-aller ?," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) hal-02493051, HAL.
    2. Coralie Perez & Marion Lambert, 2004. "La formation des salariés récemment embauchés : une comparaison public-privé," Post-Print halshs-00418131, HAL.
    3. Dieter Verhaest & Eddy Omey, 2013. "The Relationship Between Formal Education And Skill Acquisition In Young Workers' First Jobs," Manchester School, University of Manchester, vol. 81(4), pages 638-659, July.
    4. Ayşe Mumcu, 2010. "Strategic Withholding Of Firm‐Specific Skills In Wage Bargaining," Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Scottish Economic Society, vol. 57(2), pages 187-211, May.
    5. Francis Green, 1998. "The Value of Skills," Studies in Economics 9819, School of Economics, University of Kent.
    6. Alan Felstead & Francis Green & Ken Mayhew & Alan Pack, 1999. "The Impact of Training on Labour Mobility," Studies in Economics 9910, School of Economics, University of Kent.
    7. Verhaest, Dieter & Omey, Eddy, 2009. "The relation between formal education and skill acquisition in young workers first job," Working Papers 2009/07, Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, Faculteit Economie en Management.

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