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Education, training and employability

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  • Wim Groot
  • Henriette Maassen Vann De Brink

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Two hypotheses are tested: (1) education and training increase the employability of workers at other tasks within the firm and reduce the need for help from supervisors when workers encounter small problems, and (2) greater employability and problem solving capability increase wages. The empirical results show that greater employability and problem solving capability are independent from each other. Formal work-related training increases employability. Workers in jobs requiring no induction training are less employable at other jobs or departments. Both general and specific human capital increase the ability of workers to solve problems on their own. Greater employability does not increase wages. Male workers who solve problems on their own earn more than men who need help from others. The effects of human capital variables on employability and problem solving capability do not differ between and men and women. However, it is found that the ability to solve problems on one's own has a pay off for men but not for women.

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  • Wim Groot & Henriette Maassen Vann De Brink, 2000. "Education, training and employability," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 32(5), pages 573-581.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:32:y:2000:i:5:p:573-581
    DOI: 10.1080/000368400322471
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