Poaching and Firm-Sponsored Training: First Clean Evidence

43 Pages Posted: 28 Jun 2013

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Jens Mohrenweiser

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

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)

Uschi Backes-Gellner

University of Zurich - Institute for Business Administration; Swiss Leading House

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

A series of seminal theoretical papers argues that poaching of employeesm ay hamper company-sponsored general training. However, the extent of poaching, its determinants and consequences, remains an open empirical question. We provide a novel empirical identification strategy for poaching and investigate its causes and consequences. We find that only a small number of training firms in Germany are poaching victims. Firms are more likely to poach employees during an economic downturn. Training firms respond to poaching by lowering the share of new apprentice intakes in the following years.

Keywords: poaching, company sponsored training, recruiting, apprenticeship

JEL Classification: J24, M51, M53

Suggested Citation

Mohrenweiser, Jens and Zwick, Thomas and Backes-Gellner, Uschi, Poaching and Firm-Sponsored Training: First Clean Evidence (2013). ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 37. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2278886 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2278886

Jens Mohrenweiser

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research ( email )

P.O. Box 10 34 43
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Thomas Zwick (Contact Author)

University of Würzburg - Business Administration & Economics ( email )

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Germany

Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) ( email )

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Germany

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

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Maastricht, MD6200
Netherlands

Uschi Backes-Gellner

University of Zurich - Institute for Business Administration ( email )

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8032 Zurich
Switzerland
+41 44 6344281 (Phone)
+41 44 6344370 (Fax)

Swiss Leading House ( email )

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Zurich, 8032
Switzerland

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