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Population Aging and Trends in the Provision of Continued Education

Regina Riphahn () and Parvati Trübswetter ()

No 11, RatSWD Research Notes from German Data Forum (RatSWD)

Abstract: This study investigates whether the incidence of continued vocational education has changed as the German workforce commenced an aging process which is expected to intensify. As the lifespan in productive employment lengthens human capital investments for older workers become increasingly worthwhile. Using the data of a German population survey we describe recent trends in the development of human capital investments and apply decomposition procedures to the probability of continued education. Holding everything else constant the shift in the population age distribution by itself would haveb lead to a decline in training participation over the considered period, 1996-2004. However, the decomposition analyses yield that behavioral changes caused an increase in training particularly among older workers. This is confirmed by multivariate regressions on pooled cross-sectional data: the increase in training probabilities is highest among older workers.

Keywords: specific human capital investment; training; population aging; demographic change (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J24 J10 M53 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 24
Date: 2007
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