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Training Participation of a Firm's Aging Workforce

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  • Christian Pfeifer

    (Institute of Economics, Leuphana University Lueneburg and IZA Bonn, Germany)

  • Simon Janssen

    (Department of Business Administration, University of Zurich)

  • Philip Yang

    (Leibniz University Hannover, Institute of Labor Economics)

  • Uschi Backes-Gellner

    (Department of Business Administration, University of Zurich)

Abstract

We use a long panel data set for four cohorts of male blue-collar workers entering into an internal labor market to analyze the effect of age on the probability of participating in different employer-financed training measures. We find that training participation probabilities are inverted u-shaped with age and that longer training measures are undertaken earlier in life and working career. These findings are consistent with predictions from a human capital model that incorporates amortization period and screening effects.

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  • Christian Pfeifer & Simon Janssen & Philip Yang & Uschi Backes-Gellner, 2012. "Training Participation of a Firm's Aging Workforce," Economics of Education Working Paper Series 0080, University of Zurich, Department of Business Administration (IBW).
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    Keywords

    Age; Human capital; Internal labor markets; Training;
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    JEL classification:

    • J14 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped; Non-Labor Market Discrimination
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • M53 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Training

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