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Complementarietà tra istruzione e investimenti in training delle imprese: alcune interpretazioni teoriche


  • Maria De Paola

    () (Università della Calabria)

  • Vincenzo Scoppa

    () (Università della Calabria)


A large empirical evidence shows that on-the-job training paid by firms is mainly directed towards high educated workers. In order to explain this phenomenon, we propose two simple models adopting the assumption that education has a positive influence on the efficiency with which individuals acquire new skills. The first one considers an adverse selection mechanism which affects mainly high-educated workers. This compresses their wage structure, encouraging firms to train them. The second model starts from the assumption that high-educated workers are more involved in team production, which generates team specific human capital, reduces their turnover, increasing training investments by firms.

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  • Maria De Paola & Vincenzo Scoppa, 2002. "Complementarietà tra istruzione e investimenti in training delle imprese: alcune interpretazioni teoriche," Rivista di Politica Economica, SIPI Spa, vol. 92(5), pages 97-126, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:rpo:ripoec:v:92:y:2002:i:5:p:97-126

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    JEL classification:

    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J41 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Labor Contracts
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity


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