Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/58619
Authors: 
Blatter, Marc
Mühlemann, Samuel
Schenker, Samuel
Wolter, Stefan
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6344
Abstract: 
This paper analyzes how the costs of hiring skilled workers from the external labor market affect a firm's supply of training. Using administrative survey data with detailed information on hiring and training costs for Swiss firms, we find evidence for substantial and increasing marginal hiring costs. However, firms can invest in internal training of unskilled workers and thereby avoid costs for external hiring. Controlling for a firm's training investment, we find that a one standard deviation increase in average external hiring costs increases the number of internal training positions by 0.7 standard deviations.
Subjects: 
hiring costs
apprenticeship training
firm-sponsored training
JEL: 
J23
J24
J32
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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