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Firm Training and Labour Demand in Belgium: Do Productivity Dominate Cost Effects?

Benoît Mahy and Mélanie Volral

No 10-08, DULBEA Working Papers from ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles

Abstract: This paper models and estimates the impact of quantitative and qualitative training financed by the firm on labour demand in Belgium. It assumes profit maximising firms producing under a short run monopolistic competition regime, where training can increase labour demand through its positive net effect on labour productivity or decrease it through higher direct labour costs and wages. The estimation of our model on a panel of 17,812 firms over the period 1999-2007 allowing to control for the potential simultaneity between training and labour demand and for unobserved workplace characteristics reveals a small positive impact of training variables on labour demand. This suggests that productivity effects dominate cost effects.

Keywords: Training; Labour Demand; Labour Productivity; Wage Determination (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C23 J23 J24 J30 M53 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 35 p.
Date: 2010-06-22
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-eff, nep-hrm and nep-lab
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