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Poaching and Firm-Sponsored Training


Zwick, T; Mohrenweiser, J; Backes-Gellner, U (2017). Poaching and Firm-Sponsored Training. Swiss Leading House "Economics of Education" Working Paper 51, University of Zurich.

Abstract

A series of seminal theoretical papers argues that poaching of employees may hamper company-sponsored general training like apprenticeship training in Germany. Empirically however, the existence and extent of poaching still remains an open question. We provide a novel empirical strategy to identify poaching and investigate its causes and consequences. We find that only a few apprenticeship training firms in Germany are poaching victims or raiders. Poaching victim firms are more likely to be in a temporary downturn and raiding firms are more likely to increase their workforce. Poaching victims hardly change their training strategy after poaching. Thus, poaching is a transitory event and not a general threat to apprenticeship training. This is an important result for countries that intend to introduce apprenticeship type of training and need to convince firms to participate in their endeavour.

Abstract

A series of seminal theoretical papers argues that poaching of employees may hamper company-sponsored general training like apprenticeship training in Germany. Empirically however, the existence and extent of poaching still remains an open question. We provide a novel empirical strategy to identify poaching and investigate its causes and consequences. We find that only a few apprenticeship training firms in Germany are poaching victims or raiders. Poaching victim firms are more likely to be in a temporary downturn and raiding firms are more likely to increase their workforce. Poaching victims hardly change their training strategy after poaching. Thus, poaching is a transitory event and not a general threat to apprenticeship training. This is an important result for countries that intend to introduce apprenticeship type of training and need to convince firms to participate in their endeavour.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
JEL Classification:J24, M51, M53
Language:English
Date:2017
Deposited On:30 Jun 2011 07:18
Last Modified:30 Jul 2021 08:39
Series Name:Swiss Leading House "Economics of Education" Working Paper
Number of Pages:25
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://repec.business.uzh.ch/RePEc/iso/leadinghouse/0051_lhwpaper.pdf
Related URLs:http://www.zora.uzh.ch/172871
https://www.zora.uzh.ch/id/eprint/89407/

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