Skills Shortages and Training in Russian Enterprises

52 Pages Posted: 26 Apr 2007

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Hong Tan

World Bank

Yevgeniya Savchenko

World Bank; Georgetown University

Vladimir Gimpelson

National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Rostislav Kapeliushnikov

National Research University Higher School of Economics; Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations

Anna Lukiyanova

National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow)

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Date Written: April 2007

Abstract

In the transition to a market economy, the Russian workforce underwent a wrenching period of change, with excess supply of some industrial skills coexisting with reports of skill shortages by many enterprises. This paper uses data from the Russia Competitiveness and Investment Climate Survey and related local research to gain insights into the changing supply and demand for skills over time, and the potential reasons for reported staffing problems and skill shortages, including labor turnover, compensation policies and the inhibiting effects of labor regulations. It discusses in-service training as an enterprise strategy for meeting staffing and skill needs, and presents evidence on the distribution, intensity and determinants of in-service training in Russia. It investigates the productivity and wages outcomes of in-service training, and the supportive role of training in firms' research and development (R&D) and innovative activities. A final section concludes with some policy implications of the findings.

Keywords: human capital, skills, training, employment protection legislation, transition, Russia

JEL Classification: J23, J24

Suggested Citation

Tan, Hong and Savchenko, Yevgeniya and Savchenko, Yevgeniya and Gimpelson, Vladimir and Kapeliushnikov, Rostislav and Lukiyanova, Anna, Skills Shortages and Training in Russian Enterprises (April 2007). IZA Discussion Paper No. 2751, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=982619 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.982619

Hong Tan

World Bank ( email )

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Rostislav Kapeliushnikov

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

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Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations ( email )

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Anna Lukiyanova

National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow) ( email )

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Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

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