ERIC Number: ED402436
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Technological Change and the Skill Acquisition of Young Workers. National Longitudinal Surveys Discussion Paper.
Bartel, Ann P.; Sicherman, Nachum
Data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth and several alternative data sets containing proxies for industries' rates of technological change (including the Jorgenson productivity growth series, National Bureau of Economic Research productivity data, and the Census of Manufacturers series on investments in computers, the Research and Development/sales ratio in the industry, the industry's use of patents, and a measure of the rate of innovation obtained from a survey of research and development managers) were analyzed to determine the following: how technological change affects training investments for workers with different levels of experience, whether technological change increases training of both entry-level and more experienced workers, and whether technological change increases the pool of trainees. The analysis was restricted to company training, and the effect of technological change on likelihood of company training was estimated through a logit framework and regression analysis. All six proxies for technological change had a positive and significant effect on incidence of training in the manufacturing sector. Technological change attenuated the impact of education on training. Although the measured effects of the technological change variables proved larger for individuals with less than 1 year of tenure, all of the technological change proxies also had positive and significant effects on longer-tenured workers. Technological change increased training at the extensive margin, thus increasing the pool of trainees. (Thirteen tables/figures and 38 references are included.) (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Education Work Relationship, Educational Trends, Industrial Training, Longitudinal Studies, Manufacturing Industry, National Surveys, On the Job Training, Postsecondary Education, Productivity, Skill Development, Tables (Data), Technological Advancement, Training Objectives, Trend Analysis
Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Economic Research, Washington, DC 20212-0001.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Survey of Youth