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Ethnic Differences in the Incidence and Determinants of Employer‐funded Training in Britain

Michael Shields and Stephen Wheatley Price

Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 1999, vol. 46, issue 5, 523-551

Abstract: Non‐white full‐time employees were offered, and undertook, less training than whites in Britain in 1993–4, according to data from the Quarterly Labour Force Survey. Estimates of the determinants of training outcomes and training offers show a marked consistency across white and non‐white, male and female, employees. Over 90% of the average predicted training outcome differential, and 50%–60% of the difference in mean predicted training offers, cannot be explained by differences in observable characteristics between white and non‐white employees. These findings suggest that equal opportunities legislation has been unsuccessful in eliminating unequal access to employer‐funded training in Britain.

Date: 1999
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