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Unpublished Paper
The Economic Pay-Offs To On-The-Job Training In Routine Service Work
CAHRS Working Paper Series
  • Xiangmin Liu, Cornell University
  • Rosemary Batt, Cornell University
Publication Date
7-1-2005
Abstract

This study examines the relationship between on-the-job training and job performance among 3,408 telephone operators in a large unionized telecommunications company. We utilize individual data on monthly training hours and job performance over a five-month period as provided by the company’s electronic monitoring system. Results indicate that the receipt of on-the-job training is associated with significantly higher productivity over time, when unobserved individual heterogeneity is taken into account. Moreover, workers with lower pre-training proficiency show greater improvements over time than those with higher pre-training proficiency. Finally, whether the training is provided by a supervisor or a peer also matters. Workers with lower proficiency achieve greater productivity gains through supervisor training, while workers with higher proficiency achieve greater productivity gains through peer training.

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Suggested Citation
Liu, X. & Batt, R. (2005). The economic pay-offs to on-the-job training in routine service work (CAHRS Working Paper #05-11). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies.
http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/cahrswp/280/
Citation Information
Xiangmin Liu and Rosemary Batt. "The Economic Pay-Offs To On-The-Job Training In Routine Service Work" (2005)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/rosemary_batt/22/