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The promise of workplace training for non-college bound youth: theory and evidence from German apprenticeship

Clark, Damon and Fahr, Rene (2002) The promise of workplace training for non-college bound youth: theory and evidence from German apprenticeship. CEPDP, 518. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 0753019167

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Abstract

This paper assesses the potential of `workplace training'' with reference to German Apprenticeship. When occupational matching is important, we derive conditions under which firms provide `optimal'' training packages. Since the German system broadly meets these conditions, we evaluate the effectiveness of apprenticeship using a large administrative dataset. We find returns to apprenticeship for even the lowest ability school-leavers comparable to standard estimates of the return to school, and show that training is transferable across a wide range of occupations, such as a one-digit occupation group. We conclude that the positive experience with German Apprenticeship Training may guide the design of similar policies in other countries.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk
Additional Information: © 2002 the authors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2008 11:17
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2010 09:14
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/20092

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