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Heterogeneous Wage Effects of Apprenticeship Training

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  • Kathrin Göggel
  • Thomas Zwick

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Relatively small average wage effects of employer and occupation changes after apprenticeship training mask large differences between occupation groups and apprentices with different schooling backgrounds. Employer and occupation changers in industrial occupations enjoy large wage advantages, whereas apprentices in commerce and trading occupations, as well as in construction and crafts occupations, face wage losses from an occupation change. Differences between the firms that provide the apprenticeship training are found to be small or insignificant. This paper reconciles differences between previous findings by comparing and replicating their empirical estimation strategies. It demonstrates that selectivity in occupations and changes, unobserved heterogeneity between occupations, and sample selection matter.
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  • Kathrin Göggel & Thomas Zwick, 2012. "Heterogeneous Wage Effects of Apprenticeship Training," Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 114(3), pages 756-779, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:scandj:v:114:y:2012:i:3:p:756-779
    DOI: j.1467-9442.2012.01712.x
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    JEL classification:

    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • M53 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Training

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