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Wage Returns to Mid-Career Investments in Job Training through Employer-Supported Course Enrollment: Evidence for Canada

Wen Ci (), Jose Galdo, Marcel Voia and Christopher Worswick ()
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Wen Ci: Carleton University

No 9007, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: Using longitudinal data for Canada, we analyze the incidence and wage returns to employer supported course enrollment for men and women. Availability of confidential data, along with a relatively rich set of observable covariates, lead us to the estimation of difference-in-differences matching models of the effect of employer supported course enrolment on wages. The estimated average treatment effects on the treated range from 5.5 to 7.2 percent for men and 7.1 to 9.0 for women. While high-skilled workers show disproportionally higher rates of participation in employer-supported training, we observe no wage premiums for these types of workers. Statistically significant positive wage returns are found, on the other hand, for low-skilled workers.

Keywords: Canada; return to adult training; propensity score matching; employer supported course enrollment; difference-in-differences model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C14 I20 J24 J31 M53 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2015-04
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Published in: IZA Journal of Labor Policy. 2015, 4:9

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