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Firm-specific Training: Consequences for Job Mobility

  • Zweimüller, Josef


    (University of Zurich)

  • Winter-Ebmer, Rudolf


    (University of Linz)

This paper analyzes the impact of formal training on worker mobility. Using data from the Swiss Labor Force Survey, we find that on-the-job search activities and, to a smaller extent, actual job separations are significantly affected by both employer-provided and general training. Moreover, while the separation probability of searching workers is strongly affected by previous firm-provided training, no such effect shows up for non-searchers. This is consistent with the hypothesis that workers bear most of the cost of specific training.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 138.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2000
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Publication status: published as 'On-the-job-training, job search and job mobility' in: Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Nationalökonomie und Statistik / Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics, 2003, 139 (4), 563-576
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp138
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