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Training, Earnings and Mobility in Germany

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  • Winkelmann, Rainer

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An increase in youth unemployment and a bi-modal wage distribution in the United States have generated interest in the structure and performance of alternative labour markets. In particular, comparatively satisfactory outcomes in the German labour market are said to have been determined by the interplay of the educational system and a number of training programmes. This paper examines the performance of the German labour market measured along two dimensions: earnings and mobility. Thereby, it assesses the relative merits of different training choices as distinguished by duration and specificity of the human capital acquired. Having established the extent to which the various training programmes affect labour mobility, the paper provides additional evidence on the magnitude of wage differentials and the sources of earnings growth.

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  • Winkelmann, Rainer, 1994. "Training, Earnings and Mobility in Germany," CEPR Discussion Papers 982, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:982
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    1. Dearden, Lorraine & Reed, Howard & Van Reenen, John, 2000. "Who Gains when Workers Train? Training and Corporate Productivity in a Panel of British Industries," CEPR Discussion Papers 2486, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    2. Paul Ryan, 2001. "The School-to-Work Transition: A Cross-National Perspective," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 39(1), pages 34-92, March.
    3. Lorraine Dearden & Howard Reed & John Van Reenen, 2006. "The Impact of Training on Productivity and Wages: Evidence from British Panel Data," Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Department of Economics, University of Oxford, vol. 68(4), pages 397-421, August.

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    Keywords

    Apprenticeship; Earnings Regressions; Germany; Human Capital;

    JEL classification:

    • J3 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs
    • J6 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers

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