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Training Contracts, Employee Turnover, and the Returns from Firm-Sponsored General Training

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  • Hoffman, Mitchell

    () (University of Toronto)

  • Burks, Stephen V.

    () (University of Minnesota, Morris)

Abstract

Firms may be reluctant to provide general training if workers can quit and use their gained skills elsewhere. "Training contracts" that impose a penalty for premature quitting can help alleviate this inefficiency. Using plausibly exogenous contractual variation from a leading trucking firm, we show that two training contracts significantly reduced post-training quitting, particularly when workers are approaching the end of their contracts. Simulating a structural model, we show that observed worker quit behavior exhibits aspects of optimization (for one of the two contracts), and that the contracts increased firm profits from training and reduced worker welfare relative to no contract.

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  • Hoffman, Mitchell & Burks, Stephen V., 2017. "Training Contracts, Employee Turnover, and the Returns from Firm-Sponsored General Training," IZA Discussion Papers 10835, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    1. Mitchell Hoffman & Steven Tadelis, 2018. "People Management Skills, Employee Attrition, and Manager Rewards: An Empirical Analysis," NBER Working Papers 24360, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Nathaniel Hilger, 2017. "All Together Now: Leveraging Firms to Increase Worker Productivity Growth," NBER Working Papers 23905, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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    Keywords

    training contract; firm-sponsored general training; organizations; trucking; truck driver; truckload;

    JEL classification:

    • 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
    • J41 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Labor Contracts

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