IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this paper

Les rendements privés de la formation selon l'âge des travailleurs au Québec et comparaison avec l'Ontario


  • Benoit Dostie
  • Pierre-Thomas Léger


In this report, we estimate returns to training (in terms of wages and productivity) using data from the Workplace and Employee survey from 199-2004 and investigate whether these returns vary with age. Although we find that the returns to training on wages is fairly constant across all age groups, we find that the returns to classroom training on productivity falls dramatically with age. For example, for Canada, we find that workers below 35 years of age who received training are 50% more productive relative to their non-trained counterparts. However, we also find that this differential falls to 5% for workers 55 years of age or older. This result suggests that the observed decreases in the incidence of training with age might be because firms first train workers for which productivity gains will be the highest. Nous estimons dans cette recherche les rendements de la formation parrainée par l'employeur à l'aide des données de l'Enquête sur le milieu de travail et les employés de Statistique Canada pour la période 1999-2004 et vérifions si ces rendements varient avec l'âge. Alors que nous trouvons que les rendements de la formation en termes de salaires varient très peu selon l'âge, nous observons une baisse marquée des rendements de la formation en classe sur la productivité du travailleur. Par exemple, pour le Canada, alors que le rendement de la formation estimé est d'environ 50 % pour les moins de 35 ans, nous estimons un rendement d'à peine 5 % pour le groupe des 55 ans et plus. Il suit donc que les baisses de l'incidence de la formation selon l'âge pourraient être expliquée par le fait que l'établissement offre tout d'abord la formation aux employés pour lesquels il retirera des gains de productivité plus élevés.

Suggested Citation

  • Benoit Dostie & Pierre-Thomas Léger, 2008. "Les rendements privés de la formation selon l'âge des travailleurs au Québec et comparaison avec l'Ontario," CIRANO Working Papers 2008s-24, CIRANO.
  • Handle: RePEc:cir:cirwor:2008s-24

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:cir:cirwor:2008s-24. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Webmaster). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.