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Poaching and Firm‐Sponsored Training

Jens Mohrenweiser (), Thomas Zwick () and Uschi Backes‐Gellner
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Uschi Backes-Gellner

British Journal of Industrial Relations, 2019, vol. 57, issue 1, 143-181

Abstract: A series of seminal papers argues that poaching hampers company‐sponsored general training. Empirically, however, the existence and extent of poaching remain open questions. We provide a novel empirical strategy to identify poaching. We find that only few apprenticeship training firms in Germany are ‘poaching victims’ or ‘poaching raiders’. Victims are more likely to be in a temporary downturn and raiders are more likely to be growing. Victims hardly change their training strategy after poaching and poaching seems be a transitory event. This is an important result for countries that intend to introduce apprenticeship‐type training and need to convince firms to participate in training.

Date: 2019
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