Disentangling Factors behind Training Participation in Italy

Univ. of Rome, Dept. of Economics Working Paper No. 101

25 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2009

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Giuseppe Croce

University of Rome I

Massimiliano Tancioni

Sapienza University of Rome, Department of Public Economics

Date Written: October 2007

Abstract

This paper analyses the pattern of training participation in Italy. Employing a new survey conducted on a large sample of individuals, we develop a model of bilateral training choices. In order to distinguish between workers and employers choices, we estimate a structural bivariate probit model whose identification relies on some mild assumptions on sample selection. With this approach we attempt to overcome the informative limitations of training participation probability estimates referred to reduced form models. The training participation probability depends on individual, job-specific and firm's characteristics. Among the most relevant results, we find that females demand as much training as males and suffer from poorer chances of firm-provided training.

Similarly, employees with a temporary contract are rationed even if their demand is in line with that of their permanent colleagues. Conversely, the lower participation of parttimers is explained by lower demand. A stance for more targeted training public policies is derived.

Keywords: Keywords: training choices, identification, bivariate probit

JEL Classification: J24, J08, C35

Suggested Citation

Croce, Giuseppe and Tancioni, Massimiliano, Disentangling Factors behind Training Participation in Italy (October 2007). Univ. of Rome, Dept. of Economics Working Paper No. 101. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1360408 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1360408

Giuseppe Croce (Contact Author)

University of Rome I ( email )

Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
Roma, Rome 00185
Italy

Massimiliano Tancioni

Sapienza University of Rome, Department of Public Economics ( email )

Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
Roma, Rome 00185
Italy

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