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Multinational enterprises and training revisited: do international standards matter?

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  • Blunch, Niels-Hugo
  • Castro, Paula

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Several studies have examined the determinants of training in developing countries but only few have paid attention to the potential importance of international standards such as ISO 9000 or ISO 14000 on the firm's training decision. This paper examines training determinants using recent employer surveys for four developing countries, Honduras, Indonesia, Morocco and Nicaragua. We find that ISO certification status is an important determinant of training, even after controlling for other characteristics such as workers'formal schooling, firm size, industry and foreign ownership. This points towards the importance of product quality and production standards for firm training. The paper also discusses policy implications related to the findings and provides directions for further research.

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  • Blunch, Niels-Hugo & Castro, Paula, 2005. "Multinational enterprises and training revisited: do international standards matter?," Social Protection and Labor Policy and Technical Notes 32546, The World Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:wbk:hdnspu:32546
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    2. Neda Trifkovic, 2016. "Private standards and labour productivity in the food sector in Viet Nam," WIDER Working Paper Series 163, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    3. Elisa Calza & Micheline Goedhuys & Neda Trifkovic, 2017. "Drivers of productivity in Vietnamese SMEs: The role of management standards and innovation," WIDER Working Paper Series 068, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    4. Ashton, David. & Sung, Johnny. & Raddon, Arwen. & Riordan, Trevor., 2008. "Challenging the myths about learning and training in small and medium- sized enterprises : implications for public policy?," ILO Working Papers 994028103402676, International Labour Organization.
    5. Trifkovic Neda, 2015. "Spillover Effects of International Standards: Work Conditions in Vietnamese Small and Medium Enterprises," WIDER Working Paper Series 047, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).

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