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Not for the profit, but for the training? Gender differences in training in the for-profit and non-profit sectors

TitleNot for the profit, but for the training? Gender differences in training in the for-profit and non-profit sectors
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsDostie, B., and Javdani M.
JournalIZA Discussion Paper Series
Keywordsfirm-sponsored training, gender, gender wage gap, linked employer-employee data, non-profit
Abstract

We use linked employer-employee data to examine gender differences in probability, duration, and intensity of firm-sponsored training in Canada. We find that women in the for-profit sector are less likely to receive classroom training, and receive shorter classroom training courses. However, we find the reverse in the non-profit sector, with women being more likely to receive both classroom and on-the-job training, and also receiving longer classroom training courses. Our results suggest that women's worse training opportunities in the for-profit sector mainly operate within workplaces. We find no evidence that the gender gaps in training in the for-profit sector are driven by lower probabilities of accepting training offers, child or family commitments, weaker labour market attachment, or worker self-selection. We also find that gender differences in expected changes in wages and training opportunities between the two sectors can explain a large portion of women's higher probability of employment in the non-profit sector. Finally, decomposition results suggest that gender differences in training can explain some of the gender wage gap in the for-profit sector, which is twice as large than in the non-profit sector.

URLhttps://www.iza.org/publications/dp/11108/not-for-the-profit-but-for-the-training-gender-differences-in-training-in-the-for-profit-and-non-profit-sectors
Document URLhttp://ftp.iza.org/dp11108.pdf