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Training, Mobility, and Wages: Specific Versus General Human Capital

34 Pages Posted: 31 Jan 2006 Last revised: 26 Aug 2008

Alfred Garloff

Center for European Economic Research (ZEW)

Anja Kuckulenz

Center for European Economic Research (ZEW)

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

This paper considers training, mobility decisions and wages together to test for the specificity of human capital contained in continuing training courses. We empirically analyse the relationship between training, mobility and wages in two ways. First, we examine the correlation between training and mobility. In a second step, we consider wage effects of mobility taking training participation into account. First, we find that training participation is negatively correlated with the mobility decision and that training participation decreases the probability of individuals to change the job. Second, we find that wages are lower for job changers for the group of training participants, so wages decrease when trained individuals are mobile. Finally, training participation negatively affects the individuals's subjective valuation of the quality of their last job change. Taken together, these results suggest that there is some specific human capital, which is incorporated into training and lost when moving between jobs.

Keywords: training, mobility, wages, search, job matching

JEL Classification: J31, J41, J62

Suggested Citation

Garloff, Alfred and Kuckulenz, Anja, Training, Mobility, and Wages: Specific Versus General Human Capital (2005). ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 05-096. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=879703 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.879703

Alfred Garloff (Contact Author)

Center for European Economic Research (ZEW) ( email )

P.O. Box 10 34 43
L 7,1 D-68161 Mannheim
Germany

Anja Kuckulenz

Center for European Economic Research (ZEW) ( email )

P.O. Box 10 34 43
L 7,1 D-68161 Mannheim
Germany

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