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

  • George Messinis
  • Nilss Olekalns

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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Paper provided by The University of Melbourne in its series Department of Economics - Working Papers Series with number 997.

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Length: 49 pages
Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:mlb:wpaper:997
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