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Poaching and Firm-Sponsored Training

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  • Jens Mohrenweiser

    (University of Bournemouth)

  • Thomas Zwick

    (Wuerzburg University, ZEW Mannheim, ROA Maastricht)

  • Uschi Backes-Gellner


    (University of Zurich)

A series of seminal theoretical papers argues that poaching of employees may hamper company-sponsored general training like apprenticeship training in Germany. Empirically however, the existence and extent of poaching still remains an open question. We provide a novel empirical strategy to identify poaching and investigate its causes and consequences. We find that only a few apprenticeship training firms in Germany are poaching victims or raiders. Poaching victim firms are more likely to be in a temporary downturn and raiding firms are more likely to increase their workforce. Poaching victims hardly change their training strategy after the poaching event. Thus, poaching is a transitory event and not a general threat to apprenticeship training. This is an important result for countries that intend to introduce apprenticeship type of training and need to convince firms to participate in their endeavour.

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Paper provided by University of Zurich, Department of Business Administration (IBW) in its series Economics of Education Working Paper Series with number 0051.

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Length: 53 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2010
Date of revision: Nov 2016
Handle: RePEc:iso:educat:0051
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