On the Complementarity between Education and Training in Europe

32 Pages Posted: 23 Jun 2001

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Giorgio Brunello

University of Padua - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Date Written: June 2001

Abstract

This paper is an empirical investigation of the complementarity between education and training in 13 European countries, based on the European Community Household Panel (ECHP). After confirming the standard result that training incidence is higher among individuals with more education, I find that the relationship between individual educational attainment and training incidence varies significantly across countries and birth cohorts. I show that individuals have a higher training incidence in countries with a more educated labour force, a less stratified schooling system, a higher union density, stronger employment protection and a lower value of the Kaitz index. I also find evidence that individuals with more education and relatively short labour market experience enjoy higher private returns from recent training than individuals with the same experience and less education. More experienced individuals with higher education, however, have lower returns from recent training than less educated workers with the same experience.

Keywords: Education, training, Europe

JEL Classification: J24, J31

Suggested Citation

Brunello, Giorgio, On the Complementarity between Education and Training in Europe (June 2001). IZA Discussion Paper No. 309, FEEM Working Paper No. 40.2001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=273040 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.273040

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