ERIC Number: ED330892
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jun-14
Reference Count: N/A
Education and Training of American Workers. Paper prepared for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development National Experts Group on Training Statistics.
Bureau of Labor Statistics (DOL), Washington, DC.
This paper describes briefly the following surveys that have been conducted to determine the amount and thrust of employee training in the United States: (1) household surveys including the Current Population Survey, the National Longitudinal Surveys of Labor Market Experience, the Survey of Income and Program Participation, and the University of Michigan Time Use study; and employer surveys, including the 1974 survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the National Institute of Education and National Center for Research in Vocational Education surveys, the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employee Benefit Survey, state and local surveys, the Battelle Human Affairs Research Center survey, and apprenticeship surveys. The paper also describes ways to determine costs and effects of training. The surveys provide the following information: (1) the likelihood of training declines with age, but increases with education; (2) men and whites are more likely to receive training than women and blacks; (3) the likelihood of training increases with firm size; (4) most training is informal; and (5) training increases future earnings of workers, but which kinds of training do so and how well training pays is uncertain. Information not provided by the surveys, however, includes the definition of training, the total amount of training received by workers, the cost of training, and changes in training over time. The report proposes that these questions be answered by a multistage survey. (25 citations) (KC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of Labor Statistics (DOL), Washington, DC.