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Wage Regulation and Training: The Impact of State Prevailing Wage Laws on Apprenticeship

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This paper analyzes the impact of the Prevailing Wage Laws (PWL) on the recruitment of apprentices, their completion and cancellation rates, and the minority share in apprenticeship programs. Statistical analysis shows that, controlling for the size of the trade, the supply of apprenticeship is higher in the PWL states. It also rises with the strength of the PWL. Secondly, apprentices complete graduation requirements at a slower rate in states without PWLs, indicating a lower efficiency in producing certified skilled workers. Finally, there is no evidence that PWLs serve as a means to exclude minorities from training for the skilled trades.

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  • Cihan Bilginsoy, 2003. "Wage Regulation and Training: The Impact of State Prevailing Wage Laws on Apprenticeship," Working Paper Series, Department of Economics, University of Utah 2003_08, University of Utah, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:uta:papers:2003_08
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    1. Cihan Bilginsoy, 2003. "The Hazards of Training: Attrition and Retention in Construction Industry Apprenticeship Programs," ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 57(1), pages 54-67, October.
    2. Stevens, Margaret, 1994. "An Investment Model for the Supply of Training by Employers," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 104(424), pages 556-570, May.
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    Keywords

    Prevailing wage laws; apprenticeship training; construction; minorities;
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    JEL classification:

    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J38 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Public Policy
    • L74 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Primary Products and Construction - - - Construction

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