Dips and floors in workplace training : using personnel records to estimate gender differences


Fitzenberger, Bernd ; Mühler, Grit


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URL: https://madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/3168
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-31680
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2011
The title of a journal, publication series: ZEW Discussion Papers
Volume: 11-023
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: M53 , M12 , J14,
Subject headings (SWD): Deutschland , Betriebliche Fortbildung , Bildungsverhalten , Geschlecht , Dauer , Altersgruppe , Kreditmarkt
Keywords (English): training participation , age , gender , company data
Abstract: Using personnel records from a single large German firm in the financial industry, this paper provides detailed evidence on the effect of age and the supervisor's gender on gender differences in workplace training, holding constant various workplace characteristics. We implement an age-specific decomposition of the incidence and the duration of training into three terms: an age-specific coefficients effect, an age-specific characteristics effect, and an age composition effect. Our results show that the gender training gap changes with age. Females obtain less training during the early career, and their training occurs at higher age. The timing of the gender training gap seems to be driven by diverging career paths associated with employment interruptions. However, we find no evidence for catching-up effects after parental leave. A decomposition of the training gap including supervisor fixed effects reveals that supervisors do not treat male and female employees differently. Supervisors assign more training to all employees if they themselves participate more in training.
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Fitzenberger, Bernd ; Mühler, Grit (2011) Dips and floors in workplace training : using personnel records to estimate gender differences. Open Access ZEW Discussion Papers Mannheim 11-023 [Working paper]
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