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On-the-job-training, job search and job mobility

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  • Josef Zweimüller
  • Rudolf Winter-Ebmer

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This paper analyzes the impact of formal training on worker mobility. Using data from the Swiss Labor Force Survey, we find that both general and specific training significantly affects on-the-job search activities. The effect of training on actual job mobility differs between searchers and non-searchers. In line with human capital theory, we find that specific (general) training has a negative (positive) impact on job mobility for previous non-searchers. For individuals who have been looking for a new job, the impact of (general and specific) training works via the increased likelihood of an actual change due to search, while there is no direct effect of training on actual job moves.

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  • Josef Zweimüller & Rudolf Winter-Ebmer, 2003. "On-the-job-training, job search and job mobility," Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics (SJES), Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics (SSES), vol. 139(IV), pages 563-576, December.
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    Cited by:

    1. Daniel Dietz & Thomas Zwick, 2016. "The retention effect of training – portability, visibility, and credibility," Economics of Education Working Paper Series 0113, University of Zurich, Department of Business Administration (IBW).
    2. Garloff Alfred & Kuckulenz Anja, 2006. "Training, Mobility, and Wages: Specific Versus General Human Capital," Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), De Gruyter, vol. 226(1), pages 55-81, February.
    3. Marcin Wroniewicz & Paweł Strawiński, 2013. "Badanie zwrotu z mobilności zawodowej w Polsce," Ekonomia journal, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw, vol. 35.

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    Keywords

    firm-specific training; on-the-job-search; turnover;

    JEL classification:

    • J63 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Turnover; Vacancies; Layoffs
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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