Heterogeneous Wage Effects of Apprenticeship Training

24 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2012

See all articles by Kathrin Goggel

Kathrin Goggel

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: September 2012

Abstract

The relatively small average wage effects of employer and occupation changes after apprenticeship training mask large differences between occupation groups and apprentices with different schooling backgrounds. People who change employer and occupation within industrial occupations enjoy large wage advantages, whereas apprentices in commerce and trading occupations, as well as in construction and crafts occupations, face wage losses from an occupation change. The differences between the firms that provide the apprenticeship training are found to be small or insignificant. In this paper, we reconcile the differences between previous findings by comparing and replicating the empirical estimation strategies used. This demonstrates that selectivity in occupations and changes, unobserved heterogeneity between occupations, and sample selection do matter.

Keywords: Occupations, wage mark‐up

JEL Classification: J24, J31, M53

Suggested Citation

Goggel, Kathrin and Zwick, Thomas, Heterogeneous Wage Effects of Apprenticeship Training (September 2012). The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 114, Issue 3, pp. 756-779, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2134691 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9442.2012.01712.x

Kathrin Goggel

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Thomas Zwick

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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