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Is Training more Frequent when Wage Compression is Higher? Evidence from 11 European Countries


  • Giorgio Brunello


In this empirical paper, I use the 1996 wave of the ECHP dataset to investigate the relationship between measures of wage compression and training incidence in 11 European countries. After controlling for individual factors and country specific institutional differences, I find evidence of a positive and significant relationship between wage compression and training, both firm-specific and general. While the finding for firm-specific training is consistent with both competitive and non-competitive approaches, the result for general training is only consistent with the non-competitive approach.

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  • Giorgio Brunello, 2002. "Is Training more Frequent when Wage Compression is Higher? Evidence from 11 European Countries," CESifo Working Paper Series 637, CESifo Group Munich.
  • Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_637

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    1. Daron Acemoglu & Jorn-Steffen Pischke, 1999. "Minimum Wages and On-the-job Training," NBER Working Papers 7184, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    1. Bhaskar, V & Holden, Steinar, 2002. "Wage Differentiation via Subsidised General Training," Economics Discussion Papers 8851, University of Essex, Department of Economics.
    2. Almeida-Santos, Filipe & Mumford, Karen A., 2006. "Employee Training, Wage Dispersion and Equality in Britain," IZA Discussion Papers 2276, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    3. Filipe Almeida-Santos & Karen Mumford, 2005. "Employee Training And Wage Compression In Britain," Manchester School, University of Manchester, vol. 73(3), pages 321-342, June.
    4. Harley Frazis & Mark A Loewenstein, 2006. "Wage Compression and the Division of Returns to Productivity Growth: Evidence from EOPP," Working Papers 398, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    5. Ericson, Thomas, 2004. "The effects of wage compression on training: Swedish empirical evidence," Working Paper Series 2004:15, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy.

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