Employer Incentives for Providing Informal On-the-Job Training in the Presence of On-the-Job Search
21 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2013 Last revised: 1 Dec 2016
Date Written: December 1, 2016
We analyze the provision of informal general training in the frictional labor market in which employers cannot commit to training levels and workers cannot commit to stay. We demonstrate that employers' training decisions are driven by both an investment motive, to improve productivity, and a compensation motive, to increase employee retention. The investment motive decreases with higher wages, while the compensation motive increases. In our calibration exercises, the former dominates, which creates a negative relationship between wages and training. Furthermore, in a sharp contrast to the recent studies missing the compensation motive, lessening the search frictions raises overall training levels due to enhanced compensation motives, approaching Becker's result for a frictionless labor market.
Keywords: On-the-job Training, On-the-job Search, Compensation Motive, Investment Motive
JEL Classification: J24, J33, J64
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