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Premature Apprenticeship Terminations: An Economic Analysis

  • Donata Bessey

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    (Institute for Strategy and Business Economics, University of Zurich)

  • Uschi Backes-Gellner

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    (Institute for Strategy and Business Economics, University of Zurich)

This paper presents empirical evidence on premature terminations of apprenticeship contracts in Germany. Our novel approach uses human capital theory with a regional component as a clear-cut framework for the analysis. It derives testable hypotheses on individual decisions to finish an investment in human capital, namely, their apprenticeship training. Using a German data set, we find some evidence for the appropriateness of our theory, especially with respect to the short-term cost of an apprenticeship. Regional impact factors also seem to have a decisive impact on the decision to drop out from vocational training. We conclude that economic incentives, also long-term ones, seem to play a decisive role in individuals’ decisions whether to finish their training or not.

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Paper provided by University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU) in its series Economics of Education Working Paper Series with number 0002.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2007
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Handle: RePEc:iso:educat:0002
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