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Title:Apprenticeship training and the business cycle PDF Logo
Authors:Mühlemann, Samuel
Wolter, Stefan C.
Wüest, Adrian
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 4460
Abstract:Dual apprenticeship training is a market-driven form of education at the upper secondary level, taking place in firms as well as in vocational schools. So far, little is known about the impact of the business cycle on the number of apprenticeship programs offered by firms. Using panel-data of Swiss cantons from 1988-2004, we find that the influence of the business cycle is statistically significant, but small in size. Instead, supply of apprenticeship programs is driven to a much greater extent by demographic change. Conversely, the number of first-year high school students is not affected by the business cycle. We find, however, that enrollment increases if the population at age 16 grows, but access to high schools does not become more restricted in times of negative growth.
Subjects:Apprenticeship training
high school enrollment
business cycle
JEL:E24
I21
J18
J44
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-200910141393
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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