Empirical Evidence on the Effectiveness of Social Public Procurement Policy: The Case of the Swiss Apprenticeship Training System

33 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2016

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Mirjam Strupler

University of Bern

Stefan C. Wolter

Swiss Coordination Centre for Research in Education (SKBF); University of Bern - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Abstract

In this paper we assess the effectiveness of a social public procurement policy in Switzerland that gives firms that train apprentices a preferential treatment. We estimate the effectiveness of this social procurement policy on a firm's training participation, training intensity, and training quality using information from a representative and large firm survey. The results show that the policy increases the number of training firms, and does not affect training quality negatively. However, the effect is limited in size, as only small firms and firms operating in sectors where public procurement represents a large share of the business, are affected positively.

Keywords: apprenticeship training, difference-in-differences, matching, public procurement policy, social public procurement

JEL Classification: H32, I28, J08

Suggested Citation

Strupler, Mirjam and Wolter, Stefan C., Empirical Evidence on the Effectiveness of Social Public Procurement Policy: The Case of the Swiss Apprenticeship Training System. IZA Discussion Paper No. 9646. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2716587

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