Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/173850
Authors: 
Mohan, Preeya
Strobl, Eric
Watson, Patrick
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IDB Working Paper Series IDB-WP-778
Abstract: 
In-firm training is a crucial innovative activity in modern knowledge-based economies which face increasing global competition and rapidly changing technology. Nevertheless, there are few studies which look at in-firm training in the Caribbean. This study uses the World Bank Enterprise Survey (WBES) 2010 and Compete Caribbean's Productivity Technology Innovation Survey (PROTEqIN) 2014 to provide empirical evidence on in-firm training in the region. The results suggest that there is a relatively low incidence of training in the region, although there are significant differences across countries and this may be because of heterogeneities in public support and barriers to in-firm training. Also, various firm characteristics affect in-firm training, including size, ownership, whether the firm exports, whether the firm is part of a larger organization, innovative activity and workforce structure and educational level. Lastly, the findings suggest that in-firm training in the region may play a relatively small role and may not even matter for innovation and productivity.
Subjects: 
In-firm training
Innovation
Productivity
Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
JEL: 
D22
J24
M53
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Creative Commons License: 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/igo/legalcode
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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