Labor Productivity and Vocational Training: Evidence from Europe
Autonomous University of Barcelona - Department of Applied Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
José I. Silva
University of Girona
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6171
In this paper we show that vocational training is an important determinant of productivity growth. We construct a multi-country, multi-sectoral dataset, and quantify empirically to what extent vocational training has contributed to increase the growth rate of labor productivity in Europe between 1999 and 2005. We find that one extra hour of training per employee accelerates the rate of productivity growth by around 0.55 percentage points.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 22
Keywords: continuous vocational training, labor productivity growth
JEL Classification: E22, J24, O41
Date posted: December 11, 2011
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