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Providing Employers with Incentives to Train Low-SkilledWorkers: Evidence from the UK Employer Training Pilots

Laura Abramovsky, Erich Battistin (), Emla Fitzsimons, Alissa Goodman and Helen Simpson

Journal of Labor Economics, 2011, vol. 29, issue 1, 153-193

Abstract: We use unique workplace and employee-level data to evaluate a majorUK government pilot program to increase qualification-based, employer-providedtraining for low-qualified employees. We evaluate the program'seffect using a difference-in-differences approach. Using data on eligibleemployers and workers we find no evidence of a statistically significanteffect on the take-up of training in the first 3 years of the program.Our results suggest that the program involved a high level of deadweightand that improving the additionality of the subsequent national programis crucial if it is to make a significant contribution toward governmenttargets to increase qualification levels. (c) 2011 by The University of Chicago. Allrights reserved.

Date: 2011
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