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The market for training services: a demand experiment with Bangladeshi garment factories

Macchiavello, Rocco, Rabbani, Atonu and Woodruff, Christopher (2015) The market for training services: a demand experiment with Bangladeshi garment factories. American Economic Review, 105 (5). pp. 300-304. ISSN 0002-8282

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Identification Number: 10.1257/aer.p20151079

Abstract

We marketed a training program for lower level managers (line supervisors) to large factories in the Bangladeshi ready-made garment industry. Take-up of the program (even for a free slot) was low, due to intense production pressures, fire-fighting and concerns over retention of trained workers. Take-up is quite insensitive to pricing. There was higher interest and demand in training modules aimed at improving production processes and quality, rather than human resources and social compliance. Since the program was priced close to a commercially viable rate, it might be possible to develop a market provided they could be proved to be effective.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.aeaweb.org/journals/aer
Additional Information: © 2015 American Economic Association
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Sets: Departments > Management
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2016 17:30
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2019 02:47
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/68208

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