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Worker Mobility, Employer-Provided Tuition Assistance, and the Choice of Graduate Management Program

  • Gicheva, Dora

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    (University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics)

This paper links a worker's propensity to change jobs to her schooling choices. A model of the choice of graduate management program type based on job search theory predicts that more mobile workers are more likely to enroll in a full-time Master of Business Administration program. The study also adds to the literature on employer-sponsored general training; the model predicts that employers are more likely to provide tuition assistance to workers who find quits costly. I use a four-wave panel survey of GMAT registrants to show that these predictions hold true empirically. Observable characteristics that are correlated with stronger job attachment are also positively correlated with the probability of attending a part-time program and, conditional on part-time attendance, with the likelihood of receiving employer-provided tuition reimbursement.

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Paper provided by University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 10-4.

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Length: 55 pages
Date of creation: 26 Aug 2010
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Handle: RePEc:ris:uncgec:2010_004
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