An Evaluation of Public-Sector-Sponsored Continuous Vocational Training Programs in East Germany

University of St. Gallen Working Paper No. 9901

37 Pages Posted: 16 May 2000

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Michael Lechner

University of St. Gallen - Swiss Institute for Empirical Economic Research

Date Written: 1999

Abstract

This study analyzes the effects of public-sector-sponsored continuous vocational training and retraining in East Germany after unification with West Germany in 1990. It presents econometric estimates of the average gains from training participation in terms of earnings, employment probabilities and career perspects after the completion of training using a matching approach. The data is from the German Socio Economic Panel (GSOEP, 1990-1996). The GSOEP allows the author to observe individual behavior on a monthly, respectively yearly, basis. The results suggest that despite large public expenditures, there are no positive effects in the first years after training.

JEL Classification: J24, J31, J60, C33

Suggested Citation

Lechner, Michael, An Evaluation of Public-Sector-Sponsored Continuous Vocational Training Programs in East Germany (1999). University of St. Gallen Working Paper No. 9901, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=171548 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.171548

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