How specific is apprenticeship training? Evidence from inter-firm and occupational mobility after graduation

Müller, Barbara; Schweri, Jürg (2015). How specific is apprenticeship training? Evidence from inter-firm and occupational mobility after graduation. Oxford economic papers, 67(4), pp. 1057-1077. Oxford University Press 10.1093/oep/gpv040

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Do apprenticeships convey mainly general or also firm- and occupation-specific human capital? Specific human capital may allow for specialization gains, but may also lead to allocative inefficiency due to mobility barriers. We analyse the case of Switzerland, which combines a comprehensive, high-quality apprenticeship system with a lightly regulated labour market. To assess human capital transferability after standardized firm-based apprenticeship training, we analyse inter-firm and occupational mobility and their effects on post-training wages. Using a longitudinal data set based on the PISA 2000 survey, we find high inter-firm and low occupational mobility within one year after graduation. Accounting for endogenous changes, we find a negative effect of occupation changes on wages, but no significant wage effect for firm changes. This indicates that occupation-specific human capital is an important component of apprenticeship training and that skills are highly transferable within an occupational field.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Sociology

UniBE Contributor:

Müller, Barbara

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

ISSN:

0030-7653

Publisher:

Oxford University Press

Projects:

[1036] Transitions from Education to Employment (TREE) Official URL

Language:

English

Submitter:

Thomas Meyer

Date Deposited:

09 Jun 2016 10:18

Last Modified:

03 Sep 2019 14:27

Publisher DOI:

10.1093/oep/gpv040

Additional Information:

Notes: treeanalysis analysis_self Date: 2015

Uncontrolled Keywords:

berufliche Mobilität berufsfachliche Segmentation Einkommen human capital Humankapital Schweiz spezifisches Humankapital

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.81277

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/81277

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