Not for the Profit, But for the Training? Gender Differences in Training in the For-Profit and Non-Profit Sectors

55 Pages Posted: 13 Nov 2017

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Benoit Dostie

HEC Montreal - Institute of Applied Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Mohsen Javdani

Simon Fraser University

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Abstract

We use Canadian linked employer-employee data to examine gender differences in probability, duration, and intensity of firm-sponsored training. We find that women in the for-profit sector are less likely to receive classroom training, and receive shorter classroom training courses. However, we find the reverse in the non-profit sector, with women being more likely to receive both classroom and on-the-job training, and also receiving longer classroom training courses. Our results suggest that women's worse training opportunities in the for-profit sector mainly operate within workplaces. We find no evidence that gender gaps in training in the for-profit sector are driven by lower probabilities of accepting training offers, child or family commitments, weaker labour market attachment, or worker self-selection. We also find that gender differences in expected changes in wages and training opportunities between the two sectors can explain a large portion of women's higher probability of employment in the non-profit sector. Finally, decomposition results suggest that gender differences in training explain some of the gender wage gap in the for-profit sector, which is twice as large than in the non-profit sector.

Keywords: gender, non-profit, firm-sponsored training, linked employer-employee data, gender wage gap

JEL Classification: J24, L22, M53, O32

Suggested Citation

Dostie, Benoit and Javdani, Mohsen, Not for the Profit, But for the Training? Gender Differences in Training in the For-Profit and Non-Profit Sectors. IZA Discussion Paper No. 11108, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3069451

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