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High School Graduates, Skill Formation and Labour Demand

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  • Gilberto Antonelli

    () (School of Development Innovation and Change (SDIC) and Department of Economics, Alma Mater University of Bologna)

  • Roberto Antonietti

    (Department of Economics and Management 'Marco Fanno', University of Padova and School of Development Innovation and Change (SDIC) and Department of Economics, Alma Mater University of Bologna)

  • Giovanni Guidetti

    (Department of Economics and School of Development Innovation and Change (SDIC) and Department of Economics, Alma Mater University of Bologna)

Abstract

By exploiting a new and rich firm-level dataset, we provide some evidence on labour demand by Italian manufacturing firms, with a focus on high school graduates, and we estimate the factors underlying the decision to engage in work-based training, as well as its relative intensity. Relying on a job competition mechanism of skill formation, we stress the role of the strategic complementarity between innovation and firm organization. Our results show that training propensity is affected by firm size, capital intensity, skill composition, R&D, investments in new machinery and organizational change following technological change. No relevant effects emerge from labour cost and internationalization activities. These results hold particularly for the decision to provide both formal and informal training together. Finally, R&D and techno-organizational innovations also affect the intensity of training, both in terms of training costs and in terms of the employment share of trainees.

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  • Gilberto Antonelli & Roberto Antonietti & Giovanni Guidetti, 2009. "High School Graduates, Skill Formation and Labour Demand," Rivista Internazionale di Scienze Sociali, Vita e Pensiero, Pubblicazioni dell'Universita' Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, vol. 117(3), pages 445-475.
  • Handle: RePEc:vep:journl:y:2009:v:117:i:3:p:445-475
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    Keywords

    High school; Labour demand; Skill; Training;

    JEL classification:

    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance
    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes

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