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Labor Productivity and Vocational Training: Evidence from Europe

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  • Sala, Hector

    (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

  • Silva, José I.

    (University of Kent)

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In this paper we show that vocational training is an important determinant of productivity growth. We construct a multi-country, multi-sectoral dataset, and quantify empirically to what extent vocational training has contributed to increase the growth rate of labor productivity in Europe between 1999 and 2005. We find that one extra hour of training per employee accelerates the rate of productivity growth by around 0.55 percentage points.

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  • Sala, Hector & Silva, José I., 2011. "Labor Productivity and Vocational Training: Evidence from Europe," IZA Discussion Papers 6171, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    Keywords

    continuous vocational training; labor productivity growth;

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    • E22 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Investment; Capital; Intangible Capital; Capacity
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • O41 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models

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