Cost and Benefit of Apprenticeship Training - A Comparison of Germany and Switzerland

39 Pages Posted: 29 Apr 2008

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Regina Dionisius

Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (BIBB)

Samuel Muehlemann

University of Bern

Harald Pfeifer

Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (BIBB)

Guenter Walden

Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (BIBB)

Felix Wenzelmann

Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (BIBB)

Stefan C. Wolter

Swiss Coordination Centre for Research in Education (SKBF); University of Bern - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: April 2008

Abstract

For the first time it has been possible to merge a German and a Swiss firm-level data set that include detailed information about costs and benefits of apprenticeship training. Previous analyses based only on aggregate data showed that the net costs of training apprentices are substantial in Germany, whereas apprenticeship training is on average profitable during the training period for firms in Switzerland, even though the two training systems are rather similar. This paper analyzes the reasons for these differences with matching methods. We simulate the impact of changes in certain parameters such as wages, apprenticeship system-related factors and allocation of tasks to apprentices on the cost-benefit ratio using the counterfactual values of the other country. The results show that most of the difference in the net costs of training between the two countries can be explained by a higher share of productive tasks allocated to apprentices in Switzerland and the differences in relative wages.

Keywords: apprenticeship training, cost and benefit analysis

JEL Classification: J24, J31, J44

Suggested Citation

Dionisius, Regina and Mühlemann, Samuel and Pfeifer, Harald and Walden, Guenter and Wenzelmann, Felix and Wolter, Stefan C., Cost and Benefit of Apprenticeship Training - A Comparison of Germany and Switzerland (April 2008). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 2287. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1126594

Regina Dionisius

Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (BIBB) ( email )

Bonn
Germany

Samuel Mühlemann

University of Bern ( email )

Gesellschaftstrasse 49
Bern, CH-3012
Switzerland

Harald Pfeifer

Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (BIBB) ( email )

Bonn
Germany

Guenter Walden

Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (BIBB) ( email )

Bonn
Germany

Felix Wenzelmann

Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (BIBB) ( email )

Bonn
Germany

Stefan C. Wolter (Contact Author)

Swiss Coordination Centre for Research in Education (SKBF) ( email )

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