Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/62332
Authors: 
Görlitz, Katja
Tamm, Marcus
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 477
Abstract: 
This paper addresses the question to which extent the complementarity between education and training can be attributed to differences in observable characteristics, i.e. to individual, job and firm specific characteristics. The novelty of this paper is to analyze previously unconsidered characteristics, in particular, personality traits and tasks performed at work which are taken into account in addition to the standard individual specific determinants. Results show that tasks performed at work are strong predictors of training participation while personality traits are not. Once working tasks and other job related characteristics are controlled for, the skill gap in training participation drops considerably for off-the-job training and vanishes for on-the-job training.
Subjects: 
training
personality traits
working tasks
Oaxaca decomposition
JEL: 
I21
J24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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