Enterprise-Level Training in Developing Countries: Do International Standards Matter?

11 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2007

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Niels-Hugo Blunch

Washington and Lee University; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Paula Castro

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

Several studies have examined the determinants of training in developing countries but few have paid attention to the potential importance of international standards such as ISO 9000 or ISO 14000 on the firm's training decision. This article examines training determinants using recent employer surveys for five developing countries: Ethiopia, Honduras, Indonesia, Morocco and Nicaragua. It finds that ISO certification status is an important determinant of training, even after controlling for other characteristics such as workers formal schooling, firm size, industry and foreign ownership. This points toward the importance of international standards, including product quality and production standards, for firm training. The article also discusses policy implications related to the findings and provides directions for further research.

Suggested Citation

Blunch, Niels-Hugo and Castro, Paula, Enterprise-Level Training in Developing Countries: Do International Standards Matter?. International Journal of Training and Development, Vol. 11, No. 4, pp. 314-324, December 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1029784 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2419.2007.00284.x

Niels-Hugo Blunch (Contact Author)

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Department of Economics
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Paula Castro

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