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Estimating the return to training and occupational experience: The case of female immigrants

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  • Cohen-Goldner, Sarit
  • Eckstein, Zvi

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We formulate a dynamic discrete choice model of training and employment to measure the personal and social benefits from government provided training for a sample of high-skilled female immigrants from the Former Soviet Union in Israel. We find that training has a significant impact on the mean offered wage in white-collar occupations, but not in blue-collar occupations. Training substantially increases the job-offer rates in both occupations. Counterfactual policy simulations show a substantial social gain from increasing the access to training programs, and the estimated model provides a good fit for within-sample, out-of-sample and aggregate trends using cross-sectional survey data.

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  • Cohen-Goldner, Sarit & Eckstein, Zvi, 2010. "Estimating the return to training and occupational experience: The case of female immigrants," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 156(1), pages 86-105, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:econom:v:156:y:2010:i:1:p:86-105
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    Keywords

    Immigration Occupation Training Transitions Welfare;

    JEL classification:

    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J68 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Public Policy

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