Training in two-tier labor markets: The role of job match quality

Yusuf Emre Akgündüz, Thomas van Huizen

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This study examines training investments in two-tier labor markets, focusing on the role of job match quality. Temporary workers are in general more likely than permanent workers to leave their employer and therefore are less likely to receive employer-funded training.
However, as firms prefer to continue productive job matches, we hypothesize that the negative effect of holding a temporary contract on the probability to be trained diminishes with the quality of the job match. Using a recent longitudinal survey from the Netherlands, we find that temporary workers indeed participate less frequently in firm-sponsored training. However, this effect is fully driven by mismatches: holding a temporary contract does not significantly decrease the probability to receive training for workers in good job matches. Depending on match quality, a temporary job can either be a stepping stone or a dead-end.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)508–521
Number of pages24
JournalSocial Science Research
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Training
  • Flexibility
  • Temporary contracts
  • Employment protection
  • Matching


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