Local Norms Describing the Role of the State and the Private Provision of Training

Kuhn, Andreas; Schweri, Jürg; Wolter, Stefan C. (February 2019). Local Norms Describing the Role of the State and the Private Provision of Training (Economics of Education 7519). München: CESifo Working Papers

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Apprenticeship systems are essentially based on the voluntary participation of firms that provide (and usually also finance) training positions, often incurring considerable net
training costs. One potential, yet under-researched explanation for this behavior is that firms act in accordance with the norms and expectations they face with in the local labor market in which they operate. In this paper, we focus on the Swiss apprenticeship system and ask whether local norms towards the private, rather than the public, provision of training influence firms’ decisions to offer apprenticeship positions. In line with this hypothesis, we find that the training incidence is higher in communities characterized by a stronger norm towards the private provision of training, which we measure using local results from two national-level plebiscites that explicitly dealt with the role of the state in the context of the apprenticeship system. This finding turns out to be robust to a series of alternative specifications and robustness checks, as well as to an instrumental-variable strategy that tackles the issue of potential endogeneity of normative attitudes.

Item Type:

Working Paper

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Schweri, Jürg and Wolter, Stefan

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

ISSN:

2364-1428

Series:

Economics of Education

Publisher:

CESifo Working Papers

Language:

English

Submitter:

Dino Collalti

Date Deposited:

14 Apr 2020 16:16

Last Modified:

22 Mar 2021 18:32

JEL Classification:

D220, D630, H410, I220, J240

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.138625

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/138625

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