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Methodology of Educational Measurement and Assessment


Regional Factors as Determinants of Employees’ Training Participation

Although the literature on the determinants of training has considered individual and firm-related characteristics, it has generally neglected regional factors. This is surprising, given the fact that labour markets differ by regions. Regional factors are often ignored because (both in Germany and abroad) many data sets covering training information do not include detailed geographical identifiers that would allow a merging of information on the regional level. The regional identifiers of the National Educational Panel Study (Starting Cohort 6) offer opportunities to advance research on several regional factors. This article summarizes the results from two studies that exploit these unique opportunities to investigate the relationship between training participation and (a) the local level of firm competition for workers within specific sectors of the economy and (b) the regional supply of training measured as the number of firms offering courses or seminars for potential training participants.

Görlitz, K., S. Rzepka and M. Tamm (2023), Regional Factors as Determinants of Employees’ Training Participation. In Sabine Weinert, Gwendolin Josephine Blossfeld and Hans-Peter Blossfeld (Hrsg.), Education, Competence Development and Career Trajectories: Analysing Data of the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS). Cham: Springer, 337-345.

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-031-27007-9_15