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The Incidence and Intensity of Employer Funded Training: Australian Evidence on the Impact of Flexible Work

  • Mirko Draca
  • Colin Green

The interaction between the growth of flexible forms of employment and employer funded training is important for understanding labour market performance. In particular, the idea of a trade-off has been advanced to describe potential market failures in the employment of flexible workers. This study finds that evidence of a trade-off is apparent in both the incidence and intensity of employer funded training. Flexible workers receive training that is 50-80% less intense than the workforce average. Casual workers - especially males - suffer more acutely from the trade-off. This suggests that flexible production externalities may seriously reduce human capital formation in the workforce. Copyright (c) Scottish Economic Society 2004.

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Article provided by Scottish Economic Society in its journal Scottish Journal of Political Economy.

Volume (Year): 51 (2004)
Issue (Month): 5 (November)
Pages: 609-625

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Handle: RePEc:bla:scotjp:v:51:y:2004:i:5:p:609-625
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