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Firm-sponsored training in regulated labour markets: evidence from Spain

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Using data from the 1994 European Community Household Panel Survey, the author examines who receives formal firm-sponsored training in Spain. The author finds that the distribution of firm-sponsored training in the work force is uneven and concentrated among more skilled workers in the upper deciles of the wage distribution. The data show that the likelihood of receiving firm-sponsored training for a low education employee is much lower. Also, the better-educated employees in high wage occupations of the largest establishments have higher probabilities of receiving specific training. Spain has a highly regulated labour market, and the labour market frictions and institutions compress and distort the structure of wages. However, the results suggest that the highly compressed wage structure do not provide firms with the incentive to invest in general training.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Departamento de Análisis Económico, Facultad de Economía, Universidad de Valencia, Campus dels Tarongers, Av. dels Tarongers s/n 46022 Valencia, Spain, Email:

Publication date: 2005-09-10

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