Estimating the return to training and occupational experience: The case of female immigrants

Sarit Cohen-Goldner*, Zvi Eckstein

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We formulate a dynamic discrete choice model of training and employment to measure the personal and social benefits from government provided training for a sample of high-skilled female immigrants from the Former Soviet Union in Israel. We find that training has a significant impact on the mean offered wage in white-collar occupations, but not in blue-collar occupations. Training substantially increases the job-offer rates in both occupations. Counterfactual policy simulations show a substantial social gain from increasing the access to training programs, and the estimated model provides a good fit for within-sample, out-of-sample and aggregate trends using cross-sectional survey data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-105
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Econometrics
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 2010


FundersFunder number
Falk Institute for Economic Research
Manpower Planning Authority in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor
Ministry of Absorption
Sapir Center for Development at Tel-Aviv University
Israel Science Foundation884/01


    • Immigration
    • Occupation
    • Training
    • Transitions
    • Welfare


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