Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/214815
Authors: 
Martins, Pedro S.
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
GLO Discussion Paper No. 488
Abstract: 
As work changes, firm-provided training may become more relevant for good economic and social outcomes. However, so far there is little or no causal evidence about the effects of training on firms. This paper studies a large training grants programme in Portugal, contrasting successful firms that received the grants and unsuccessful firms that did not. Combining several rich data sets, we compare a large number of potential outcomes of these firms, while following them over long periods of time before and after the grant decision. Our difference-in-differences models estimate significant positive effects on take up (training hours and expenditure), with limited deadweight; and that such additional training led to increased sales, value added, employment, productivity, and exports. These effects tend to be of at least 5% and, in some cases, 10% or more.
Subjects: 
Training subsidies
Productivity
Counterfactual evaluation
JEL: 
J24
H43
M53
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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