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In-Firm Training, Innovation and Productivity: The Case of Caribbean Small Island Developing States

Preeya Mohan (), Eric Strobl () and Patrick Watson

No 8216, IDB Publications (Working Papers) from Inter-American Development Bank

Abstract: In-firm training is a crucial innovative activity in modern knowledge-based economies which face increasing global competition and rapidly changing technology. Nevertheless, there are few studies which look at in-firm training in the Caribbean. This study uses the World Bank Enterprise Survey (WBES) 2010 and Compete Caribbean's Productivity Technology Innovation Survey (PROTEqIN) 2014 to provide empirical evidence on in-firm training in the region. The results suggest that there is a relatively low incidence of training in the region, although there are significant differences across countries and this may be because of heterogeneities in public support and barriers to in-firm training. Also, various firm characteristics affect in-firm training, including size, ownership, whether the firm exports, whether the firm is part of a larger organization, innovative activity and workforce structure and educational level. Lastly, the findings suggest that in-firm training in the region may play a relatively small role and may not even matter for innovation and productivity.

Keywords: on-the-job training; wages; workforce (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J24 D22 M53 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-06
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