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Skills Mismatch and Returns to Training in Australia:Some New Evidence

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  • George Messinis
  • Nilss Olekalns

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This paper utilises Australian data to evaluate the effect of firm-provided job training on labour income. It also examines whether training can shed light on the effects of skill-job mismatch. We employ the Heckman selection model to account for selection bias in training as well as work participation. The evidence shows that training has a significant positive impact on wages. Also, training ameliorates the disadvantage associated with the mismatch between formal education and required education. In addition, training is most valuable to the undereducated and young workers, and assists in the restoration and replenishment of human capital

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  • George Messinis & Nilss Olekalns, 2007. "Skills Mismatch and Returns to Training in Australia:Some New Evidence," Department of Economics - Working Papers Series 997, The University of Melbourne.
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    1. Annamaria Nese & Roberta Troisi, 2014. "Individual Preferences and Job Characteristics: An Analysis of Cooperative Credit Banks," LABOUR, CEIS, vol. 28(2), pages 233-249, June.
    2. Maria Ferreira & Annemarie Künn-Nelen & Andries De Grip, 2017. "Work-Related Learning and Skill Development in Europe: Does Initial Skill Mismatch Matter?," Research in Labor Economics,in: Skill Mismatch in Labor Markets, volume 45, pages 345-407 Emerald Publishing Ltd.
    3. Muge Adalet McGowan & Dan Andrews, 2015. "Skill Mismatch and Public Policy in OECD Countries," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 1210, OECD Publishing.

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    Keywords

    Training; Education; Overeducation; Undereducation; Earnings; Human capital depreciation;

    JEL classification:

    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J30 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - General
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education

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