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The Promise of Workplace Training for Non-College-Bound Youth: Theory and Evidence from German Apprenticeship

Damon Clark and René Fahr ()
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Damon Clark: Nuffield College

No 52, Royal Economic Society Annual Conference 2002 from Royal Economic Society

Abstract: This paper assesses the potential of `workplace training' with reference to German Apprenticeship. When occupational matching is important, we derive conditions under which firms provide `optimal' training packages. Since the German system broadly meets these conditions, we evaluate the effectiveness of apprenticeship using a large administrative dataset. We find returns to apprenticeship for even the lowest ability school-leavers comparable to standard estimates of the return to school, and show that training is transferable across a wide range of occupations. We conclude that the positive experience with German Apprenticeship Training may guide the design of similar policies in other countries.

Date: 2002-08-29
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