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The determinants of training participation in Singapore

  • Shandre Thangavelu
  • Liu Haoming
  • Park Cheolsung
  • Ang Boon Heng
  • James Wong

This article uses the Singapore Labour Force survey data to examine the determinants of workers' participation in training programmes in Singapore. The results show that different socio-demographic and employment related characteristics affect the training participation of workers. Well-educated and better paid workers are much more likely to participate in training programmes than others. Age has a positive impact on training participation for younger workers (under 37 years), but a negative effect on older workers' participation. The results also indicate that occupational affiliations have a significant impact on training participation. We also find that married workers seem to be less likely to participate in training programmes, but the difference between married and single is only significant at the 10% level. Finally, gender does not have any significant effect at any conventional level although the coefficient on the female dummy is positive, suggesting females might be slightly more likely to participate in training programmes.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Economics.

Volume (Year): 43 (2011)
Issue (Month): 29 ()
Pages: 4641-4649

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Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:43:y:2011:i:29:p:4641-4649
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