Private Returns to Training by Age in Quebec and Ontario

57 Pages Posted: 8 Jan 2009 Last revised: 9 Mar 2010

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Benoit Dostie

HEC Montreal - Institute of Applied Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Pierre Thomas Leger

HEC Montréal, CIRANO and CIRPÉE

Date Written: September 1, 2008

Abstract

In this report, we estimate returns to training (in terms of wages and productivity) using data from the Workplace and Employee survey from 199-2004 and investigate whether these returns vary with age. Although we find that the returns to training on wages is fairly constant across all age groups, we find that the returns to classroom training on productivity falls dramatically with age. For example, for Canada, we find that workers below 35 years of age who received training are 50% more productive relative to their non-trained counterparts. However, we also find that this differential falls to 5% for workers 55 years of age or older. This result suggests that the observed decreases in the incidence of training with age might be because firms first train workers for which productivity gains will be the highest.

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Keywords: Firm-sponsored training, Aging, Returns to training, Productivity, Wages, Ontario, Quebec

Suggested Citation

Dostie, Benoit and Leger, Pierre Thomas, Private Returns to Training by Age in Quebec and Ontario (September 1, 2008). CIRANO - Scientific Publications 2008s-24, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1323381 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1323381

Benoit Dostie (Contact Author)

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Pierre Thomas Leger

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Canada

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