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Training and Innovation

Stefan Bauernschuster, Oliver Falck () and Stephan Heblich ()

Journal of Human Capital, 2009, vol. 3, issue 4, 323-353

Abstract: Research analyzing the importance of human capital for innovation usually focuses on secondary and tertiary education. This paper takes a different perspective by focusing on in-firm training. We argue that continuous training guarantees access to leading-edge knowledge and thus increases a firm's propensity to innovate. Using German establishment-level data, we show a strong association between lagged continuous training and innovation. Applying instrumental variable methods, we cautiously argue that the association between training and innovation is indeed a causal effect. In the quest for a relevant and valid instrument, we exploit legal regulations of the German Works Constitution Act. (c) 2009 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved.

Date: 2009
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