In-firm training, innovation and productivity: the case of Caribbean Small Island Developing States

Mohan, Preeya; Strobl, Eric Albert; Watson, Patrick (2018). In-firm training, innovation and productivity: the case of Caribbean Small Island Developing States. Entrepreneurship and regional development, 30(9-10), pp. 987-1011. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/08985626.2018.1515824

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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 that 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 even not matter for innovation and productivity, although this finding may be because of low levels of formal training and the metrics used in defining and measuring in-firm training, innovation and productivity given the data available and limitations of the sample.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Economics

UniBE Contributor:

Strobl, Eric Albert


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics




Taylor & Francis




Dino Collalti

Date Deposited:

24 Jun 2019 18:49

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12 Nov 2019 15:49

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