Good Occupation - Bad Occupation? The Quality of Apprenticeship Training

36 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2009

See all articles by Kathrin Göggel

Kathrin Göggel

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Thomas Zwick

University of Würzburg - Business Administration & Economics; Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW); Maastricht University - Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA)

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

Small average wage effects of employer and/or occupation changes mask large differences between occupation groups and apprentices with different schooling back-grounds. Apprentices in commerce and trading occupations strongly profit from an employer change. Employer and occupation changers in industrial occupations face large wage disadvantages however. We are the first to analyse these differences. Quality differences of apprenticeship quality between training firms that have been mainly discussed so far are small, however. This paper also explains differences between previous findings by comparing their estimation strategies. It demonstrates that selectivity into occupations and changers, unobserved heterogeneity between occupations, and the sample selection matter and proposes several improvements in the estimation technique to measure apprenticeship quality.

Keywords: Wage mark-up, apprenticeship training, occupations

JEL Classification: J24, J31, M53

Suggested Citation

Göggel, Kathrin and Zwick, Thomas, Good Occupation - Bad Occupation? The Quality of Apprenticeship Training (2009). ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 09-024. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1431883 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1431883

Kathrin Göggel

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Thomas Zwick (Contact Author)

University of Würzburg - Business Administration & Economics ( email )

Sanderring 2
Wuerzburg, D-97070
Germany

Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) ( email )

P.O. Box 10 34 43
L 7,1 D-68161 Mannheim
Germany

Maastricht University - Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) ( email )

P.O. Box 616
Maastricht, MD6200
Netherlands

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