Wage Returns to Mid-Career Investments in Job Training Through Employer-Supported Course Enrollment: Evidence for Canada

46 Pages Posted: 4 May 2015

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Wen Ci

Carleton University

José Galdo

Syracuse University - Department of Economics; IZA Bonn

Marcel C. Voia

Carleton University

Christopher Worswick

Carleton University - Department of Economics

Abstract

Using longitudinal data for Canada, we analyze the incidence and wage returns to employer supported course enrollment for men and women. Availability of confidential data, along with a relatively rich set of observable covariates, lead us to the estimation of difference-in-differences matching models of the effect of employer supported course enrolment on wages. The estimated average treatment effects on the treated range from 5.5 to 7.2 percent for men and 7.1 to 9.0 for women. While high-skilled workers show disproportionally higher rates of participation in employer-supported training, we observe no wage premiums for these types of workers. Statistically significant positive wage returns are found, on the other hand, for low-skilled workers.

Keywords: return to adult training, employer supported course enrollment, difference-in-differences model, propensity score matching, Canada

JEL Classification: C14, I20, J24, J31, M53

Suggested Citation

Ci, Wen and Galdo, José and Voia, Marcel C. and Worswick, Christopher, Wage Returns to Mid-Career Investments in Job Training Through Employer-Supported Course Enrollment: Evidence for Canada. IZA Discussion Paper No. 9007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2601693 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2601693

Wen Ci (Contact Author)

Carleton University ( email )

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José Galdo

Syracuse University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Marcel C. Voia

Carleton University ( email )

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Christopher Worswick

Carleton University - Department of Economics ( email )

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