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Training and innovation

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  • Bauernschuster, Stefan
  • Falck, Oliver
  • Heblich, Stephan

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Research analyzing the importance of human capital for innovation usually focuses on secondary and tertiary education. This paper takes a different perspective by focusing on in-firm training. We argue that continuous training guarantees access to leading-edge knowledge and thus increases a firm’s propensity to innovate. Using German establishment-level data, we show a strong association between lagged continuous training and innovation. Applying instrumental variable methods, we cautiously argue that the association between training and innovation is indeed a causal effect. In the quest for a relevant and valid instrument, we exploit legal regulations of the German Works Constitution Act.

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  • Bauernschuster, Stefan & Falck, Oliver & Heblich, Stephan, 2009. "Training and innovation," Munich Reprints in Economics 20136, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:lmu:muenar:20136
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