DP15035 Informing employees in small and medium sized firms about training: results of a randomized field experiment
|Author(s):||Gerard van den Berg, Christine Dauth, Pia Homrighausen, Gesine Stephan|
|Publication Date:||July 2020|
|Date Revised:||July 2020|
|Keyword(s):||employment, information treatment, randomized controlled trial, skills, wages|
|Programme Areas:||Labour Economics|
|Link to this Page:||cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=15035|
We mailed brochures to 10,000 randomly chosen employed German workers eligible for a subsizided occupational training program called WeGebAU, informing them about the importance of skill-upgrading occupational training in general and about WeGebAU in particular. Using survey and register data, we estimate effects of the information treatment brochure on awareness of the program, on take-up of WeGebAU and other training, and on subsequent employment. The brochure more than doubles awareness of the program. There are no effects on WeGebAU take-up but participation in other (unsubsidized) training increases among employees aged below 45. Short-term labor market outcomes are not affected.