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Journal Article

Providing Employers with Incentives to Train Low-Skilled Workers: Evidence from the UK Employer Training Pilots

Laura Abramovsky, Erich Battistin, Emla Fitzsimons, Alissa Goodman and Helen Simpson
Journal of Labor Economics
Vol. 29, No. 1 (January 2011), pp. 153-193
DOI: 10.1086/656372
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/656372
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Providing Employers with Incentives to Train Low-Skilled Workers: Evidence from the UK Employer Training Pilots
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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.

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