How Young Workers Get Their Training: A Survey of Germany Versus the U.S.

JOURNAL OF POPULATION ECONOMICS

Posted: 4 May 1998

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Rainer Winkelmann

University of Zurich - Statistics and Empirical Economic Research; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Abstract

The recent economic literature on the incidence of various forms of post-secondary on-the-job and off-the-job training in Germany and the U.S., as well as on the effects of training on wages, inequality, and labor mobility is surveyed. Young workers in Germany receive substantially more company based (apprenticeship) training than U.S. workers. In the U.S., high turnover deters firms from investing in general skills while it results in improved job matches. The received literature consents that key institutional elements required to make the German apprenticeship system work are absent in the U.S.

JEL Classification: I2, J3, J24

Suggested Citation

Winkelmann, Rainer, How Young Workers Get Their Training: A Survey of Germany Versus the U.S.. JOURNAL OF POPULATION ECONOMICS, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3188

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