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Firm-specific Training: Consequences for Job Mobility

  • Josef Zweimueller
  • Rudolf Winter-Ebmer

This paper analyzes the impact of formal training on worker mobility. Using data the Swiss Labor Force Survey, we find that on-the-job search activities and, to a smaller extent, actual job separations are significantly affected by both employer-provided and general training. Moreover, while the separation probability of searching workers is strongly affected by previous firm-provided training, no such effect shows up for non-searchers. This is consistent with the hypothesis that workers bear most of the cost of specific training.

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Paper provided by Institute for Empirical Research in Economics - University of Zurich in its series IEW - Working Papers with number 037.

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