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Providing employers with incentives to train low-skilled workers : evidence from the UK employer training pilots

Abramovsky, Laura and Battistin, Erich and Fitzsimons, Emla and Goodman, Alissa and Simpson, Helen (2011) Providing employers with incentives to train low-skilled workers : evidence from the UK employer training pilots. Journal of Labor Economics, 29 (1). pp. 153-193. ISSN 0734-306X. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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Abstract

We use unique workplace and employee-level data to evaluate a major UK government pilot program to increase qualification-based, employer-provided training for low-qualified employees. We evaluate the program’s effect using a difference-in-differences approach. Using data on eligible employers and workers we find noevidence of a statistically significant effect on the take-up of training in the first 3 years of the program. Our results suggest that the program involved a high level of deadweight and that improving the additionality of the subsequent national program is crucial if it is to make a significant contribution toward government targets to increase qualification levels.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: M1 - ArticleType: research-article / Full publication date: January 2011 / Copyright © 2011 The University of Chicago
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Centre for Longitudinal Studies
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2013 09:32
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 09:05
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