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Une analyse des déterminants de l'incidence et de l'intensité de la formation des travailleurs québécois selon l'âge et comparaison avec l'Ontario


  • Benoit Dostie
  • Pierre Thomas Léger


In this report, we examine whether the proportion of workers who receive training (and whether the training duration) varies with age in Quebec and Ontario using data from the Workplace and Employee Survey from 1999-2004. In general, we find that the probability that a worker receives training begins to fall significantly at the age 55 and this for both classroom and on-the-job training. For example, for both types of training, the probability that a worker between the ages of 55 and 59 receives training is 9 percentage points lower than that of a worker between the ages of 35 and 44. For a worker aged between 60 and 64, the differential is 19.6 percentage points. We obtain similar results when studying the duration of training. At the provincial level, we find that the incidence of classroom training decreases faster with age in Québec than in Ontario. Ce rapport de recherche examine si les proportions de travailleurs québécois et ontarien qui reçoivent de la formation ,et la durée de ces formations, varient selon l'âge avec les données de l'Enquête sur le milieu de travail et les employés 1999-2004. De façon générale, les résultats montrent alors que la probabilité de recevoir de la formation commence à diminuer de façon significative à partir de 55 ans tant pour la formation en classe que la formation en cours d'emploi. Par exemple, pour toute formation confondue, la probabilité de recevoir de la formation pour les travailleurs âgés entre 55 et 59 ans diminue de 9 points de pourcentage par rapport au groupe de référence (35 à 44 ans), alors que cette probabilité chute de 19,6 points de pourcentage chez les travailleurs âgés entre 60 et 64 ans. Nous arrivons à un constat similaire lorsque nous étudions la durée de la formation (conditionnellement au fait de suivre une formation). Au niveau provincial, nous trouvons que l'incidence de la formation en classe avec l'âge diminue plus rapidement au Québec qu'en Ontario.

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  • Benoit Dostie & Pierre Thomas Léger, 2008. "Une analyse des déterminants de l'incidence et de l'intensité de la formation des travailleurs québécois selon l'âge et comparaison avec l'Ontario," CIRANO Working Papers 2008s-23, CIRANO.
  • Handle: RePEc:cir:cirwor:2008s-23

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