The Impact of Training on Productivity: Evidence from a Large Panel of Firms
Emilio Colombo () and
Luca Stanca ()
No 134, Working Papers from University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Economics
This paper investigates the e®ects of training on labor productiv- ity using a unique nationally representative panel of Italian ¯rms for the period 2002 to 2005. We ¯nd that training has a positive and signi¯cant e®ect on productivity. Using a variety of panel estimation techniques, we show that failing to account for unobserved heterogene- ity leads to overestimate the impact of training on productivity, while failing to account for endogeneity leads to substantially underestimate it. Training also has a positive and signi¯cant impact on wages, but this e®ect is about half the size of the e®ect on productivity. Within occupational groups, the e®ect of training on productivity is large and signi¯cant for blue-collars, but small and not signi¯cant for white collars.
Keywords: On-the-Job-Training; Productivity; Wages; Panel Data (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C23 D24 J31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2008-01, Revised 2008-01
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