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Mobilität nach der beruflichen Erstausbildung: Eine empirische Studie für Westdeutschland / Job Mobility after Apprenticeship Training in West Germany


  • Franz Wolfgang
  • Zimmermann Volker

    (Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung (ZEW), Postfach 103443, D-68034 Mannheim)


This econometric study deals with the question as to what extent apprentices after successfully completing their training stay with the firm where they have received their training and, if so, how long that job tenure holds. Determinants of both decisions can be seen from both the employer's and the employee's viewpoint. The firm is interested to employ these former apprentices in order to collect the returns from its investment in their training which frequently is associated with net costs. On the other hand, the firm dismisses apprentices if training is viewed by the firm as a screening device or if apprentices are engaged in work for which, in terms of wages, they are too expensive afterwards. The young trained worker bases his or her decision to stay or to leave on considerations such as experimenting with several jobs (“job shopping”). The realization of such an experimenting may depend on the situation on the labour market. The empirical part uses individual employee data covering the time period 1980 to 1991 in West Germany and is based on a hazard rate model.

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  • Franz Wolfgang & Zimmermann Volker, 1999. "Mobilität nach der beruflichen Erstausbildung: Eine empirische Studie für Westdeutschland / Job Mobility after Apprenticeship Training in West Germany," Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), De Gruyter, vol. 219(1-2), pages 143-164, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:jns:jbstat:v:219:y:1999:i:1-2:p:143-164

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    1. Rob Euwals & Rainer Winkelmann, 2003. "Training Intensity and First Labor Market Outcomes of Apprenticeship Graduates," SOI - Working Papers 0308, Socioeconomic Institute - University of Zurich.
    2. Euwals, Rob & Winkelmann, Rainer, 2001. "Why Do Firms Train? Empirical Evidence on the First Labour Market Outcomes of Graduated Apprentices," IZA Discussion Papers 319, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).


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