Poaching and firm-sponsored training: first clean evidence

Mohrenweiser, Jens ; Zwick, Thomas ; Backes-Gellner, Uschi

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URL: https://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/33913
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-339137
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2013
The title of a journal, publication series: ZEW Discussion Papers
Volume: 13-037
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: J24 , M51 , M53,
Keywords (English): Poaching , company sponsored training , recruiting , apprenticeship
Abstract: A series of seminal theoretical papers argues that poaching of employees may hamper company-sponsored general training. However, the extent of poaching, its determinants and consequences, remains an open empirical question. We provide a novel empirical identification strategy for poaching and investigate its causes and consequences. We find that only a small number of training firms in Germany are poaching victims. Firms are more likely to poach employees during an economic downturn. Training firms respond to poaching by lowering the share of new apprentice intakes in the following years.

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