Wage Effects of On‐The‐Job Training: A Meta‐Analysis

27 Pages Posted: 11 Aug 2012

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Carla Haelermans

Maastricht University - Top Institute for Evidence Based Education Research (TIER)

Lex Borghans

Maastricht University - Department of Economics; University of Maastricht - Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: September 2012

Abstract

A meta‐analysis is used to study the average wage effects of on‐the‐job training. This study shows that the average reported wage effect of on‐the‐job training, corrected for publication bias, is 2.6 per cent per course. The analyses reveal a substantial heterogeneity between training courses, while wage effects reported in studies based on instrumental variables and panel estimators are substantially lower than estimates based on techniques that do not correct for selectivity issues. Appropriate methodology and the quality of the data turn out to be crucial to determine the wage returns.

Suggested Citation

Haelermans, Carla and Borghans, Lex, Wage Effects of On‐The‐Job Training: A Meta‐Analysis (September 2012). British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 50, Issue 3, pp. 502-528, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2127989 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8543.2012.00890.x

Carla Haelermans (Contact Author)

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Lex Borghans

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