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Job-Related Training and Education Sponsorship: An Analysis Based on Market Concentration

Eduardo Melero

A chapter in International Perspectives on Participation, 2014, vol. 15, pp 185-223 from Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Abstract: A model of reputation is developed to show how firms operating in concentrated sectors can use the sponsorship of general human capital investments to specifically trained workers as a device of commitment with prospective employees. Employees of firms that operate in concentrated sectors learn skills that are valuable only for a limited number of alternative employers. This gives monopsonistic power to the training firm over the trained workers. Anticipating it, potential employees will be reluctant to work for the firm unless the employer is able to commit oneself’ must be turned back to ‘herself. I argue that human resource policies including the provision of general human capital to workers reduce employers’ commitment costs. Evidence from two representative samples of workers from Spain and the United Kingdom show that, consistent with the predictions of the model, firms from more concentrated sectors are more likely to sponsor their employees’ education.

Keywords: Training; education; human capital; labour market competition; J24; J31; J41; J42; M52; M53 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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DOI: 10.1108/S0885-333920140000015015

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