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The Impact of Training Intensity on Establishment Productivity

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  • THOMAS ZWICK

    1. Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), P.O. Box 103443, D-68034 Mannheim, Germany
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      Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), P.O. Box 103443, D-68034 Mannheim, Germany. E-mail: zwick@zew.de. This paper was mainly written during my research stay at the Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE), University of Oxford. I am grateful to Thomas Hempell, Johannes Ludsteck, Ken Mayhew, Guy Vernon, Elke Wolf, Andreas Ziegler, two anonymous referees, and David Levine for their helpful comments. I thank the Institute for Employment Research (IAB), Nuremberg for granting me access to the IAB establishment panel. Data processing by the Research Data Centre (FDZ) of the Federal Employment Services (BA) at the IAB, Nuremberg. The institutions mentioned are not responsible for the use of the data in this publication.


Abstract

The empirical literature on productivity effects of continuing training is constantly increasing. However, the results on this subject differ widely. Explanations for this worrying diversity seem to lie in differences between countries, labor market institutions, and data generation on one hand, and in differences between the underlying estimation techniques on the other (Bartel, 2000). This paper concentrates on the latter problem and shows how results vary with different estimation techniques.

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