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The Importance of Mittelstand Firms for Regional Apprenticeship Activity - Lessons for Policy -

Vera Jahn ()

No 158/2015, Working Paper from Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg

Abstract: Politicians frequently emphasize the importance of Mittelstand firms for the economy, thereby parti- cularly referring to their enormous engagement in training apprentices. However, there is yet almost no empirical evidence on the question whether Mittelstand firms are in fact excessively active in trai- ning apprentices. This paper contributes to the literature by studying whether the relative importance of owner-managed SMEs has an effect on firms’ apprenticeship activity. Using a cross section of West German NUTS-3-regions, we find a significantly positive relation between the relative importance of Mittelstand firms and apprenticeship activity on the regional level. However, on the national level an increase in the share of Mittelstand firms turns out to be without effect on apprenticeship activity.

Keywords: apprenticeship; Mittelstand firms; owner-management; SMEs; Germany; regional spillovers (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C21 D23 I21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 31 pages
Date: 2015-05-05
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-ent, nep-eur, nep-geo, nep-sbm and nep-ure
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