The Incidence and Intensity of Employer Funded Training: Australian Evidence on the Impact of Flexible Work
London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP); Harvard University - Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics
Lancaster University - Department of Economics
Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 51, No. 5, pp. 609-625, November 2004
The interaction between the growth of flexible forms of employment and employer funded training is important for understanding labour market performance. In particular, the idea of a trade-off has been advanced to describe potential market failures in the employment of flexible workers. This study finds that evidence of a trade-off is apparent in both the incidence and intensity of employer funded training. Flexible workers receive training that is 50-80% less intense than the workforce average. Casual workers - especially males - suffer more acutely from the trade-off. This suggests that flexible production externalities may seriously reduce human capital formation in the workforce.
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Date posted: November 2, 2004
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