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Informing employees in small and medium sized firms about training: results of a randomized field experiment

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"We analyze a labor market program that subsidizes skill-upgrading occupational training for workers employed in small and medium sized enterprises. The program covers a substantial share of training costs. Nonetheless, take-up has been low. In an experimental setup, we mailed 10,000 brochures to potentially eligible workers, informing them about the importance of skill-upgrading occupational training in general and about the subsidy program in particular. Using combined survey and register data, we analyze the impact of receiving the brochure on workers' knowledge of the program, on take-up of subsidized and unsubsidized training, and on job characteristics. The survey data reveal that the brochure more than doubled workers' awareness of the program. We do not find effects on program take-up or short-run labor market outcomes in the register data. However, the information treatment positively affected participation in other (unsubsidized) training among employees under 45 years." (Author's abstract, IAB-Doku) ((en))

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van den Berg, Gerard J.; Dauth, Christine; Homrighausen, Pia; Stephan, Gesine (2019): Informing employees in small and medium sized firms about training: results of a randomized field experiment. (IAB-Discussion Paper, 22/2019), N├╝rnberg, 29 p.
 

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