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Do Dominant Firms Provide More Training?

  • Christos Bilanakos
  • Colin P. Green
  • John S. Heywood
  • Nikolaos Theodoropoulos

This paper examines the relationship between firm-specific training and product market competition. A canonical Cournot competition model shows that the profitability of training investments increases as the number of competitors decreases. Empirical evidence from British establishments in 1998, 2004 and 2011 confirms that a critical form of specific training, cross-training, is far more extensive in less competitive product markets. This persists within all three separate cross-sections and in two separate panel estimates and suggests that a dominant product market position increases the incentives to invest in specific human capital.

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Paper provided by University of Cyprus Department of Economics in its series University of Cyprus Working Papers in Economics with number 06-2014.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: May 2014
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Handle: RePEc:ucy:cypeua:06-2014
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