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Training and Jobs Across the Career: An Empirical Investigation

Harley Frazis and Mark A. Loewenstein

Abstract

Using the NLSY79, this paper examines the pattern of on-the-job training over the career - a prominent topic in the early human capital literature, but the subject of little empirical investigation. In addition to containing a comprehensive record of formal training, employment experience, and employers, the NLSY79 has data on informal training and positions within firms for some years, allowing one to analyze the relationship of training not just to experience, but to job mobility between and within firms. Training declines slightly in the early career, but it is difficult to disentangle the influence of experience and age. Both formal and informal training decline steeply with position tenure and show relatively weak results for employer tenure and experience once position tenure is accounted for.