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On-the-Job Training and the Effects of Insider Power

  • Diaz-Vazquez, Pilar

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    (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain)

  • Snower, Dennis J.

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    (Kiel Institute for the World Economy)

Suppose insiders use their market power to push up their wages, while entrants receive their reservation wages. How will employment and productivity be affected? In addressing this question, we focus on the role of on-the-job training. We show that on-the-job training makes insider wage hikes less detrimental to average employment (over booms and recessions), and may even cause employment to be stimulated. Furthermore, such training can make insider wage hikes more detrimental to average productivity.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 586.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2002
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Publication status: published in: Labour Economics, 2006, 13 (3), 317-341
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp586
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