Training and Lifetime Income

25 Pages Posted: 4 May 2004

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Burhanettin Kuruscu

University of Toronto - Department of Economics

Date Written: May 25, 2005


This paper challenges the notion that on-the-job training investments are quantitatively important for workers' welfare and argues that on-the-job training may not increase lifetime income by more than one percent. In particular, I argue that it is very difficult to reconcile the slowdown in wage growth late in a worker's career with optimizing behavior unless the technology for learning on the job is such that it generates very low gains from training. The analysis is based on a non-parametric methodology for estimating the learning technology from wage profiles; the results are arrived at by comparing the lifetime income when the worker optimally invests in his human capital to the one when he does not make any investments at all.

Keywords: Training, Human Capital Formation, Wage Level and Structure

JEL Classification: E24, J24, J31

Suggested Citation

Kuruscu, Burhanettin, Training and Lifetime Income (May 25, 2005). Available at SSRN: or

Burhanettin Kuruscu (Contact Author)

University of Toronto - Department of Economics ( email )

Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G8

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