Estimating the impact of training on productivity using firm-level data

Practice area: Economics of Education | Education and Labour Markets | Labour market economics | Labour markets
Client: N/A
Published: May, 2012
Keywords: modelling qualitative analysis

London Economics were commissioned by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills to undertake an assessment of the impact of publicly funded training on firm-level productivity. Firm-level analysis has traditionally been hampered by a lack of reliable and comprehensive data. For the first time in the UK, a matched employer-employee dataset with information on government funded training provided through the Train to Gain programme was made available thanks to an employer identifier contained in the Individual Learner Record. Information on training was then matched to firm level data on productivity and other firm characteristics, meaning that a dataset spanning more than one year and containing information on productivity and employee level engagement in government funded training was available for analysis.