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Training for Employment in Western Europe and the United States
Increasing international competition has put improvements in vocational training at the top of many nations' political agendas. This important book explores the economic analysis of training and relates it to the differing systems found in Western Europe and the United States. After an examination of the theoretical basis for increased emphasis on training the authors present a comparative analysis of the different systems employed in Germany, France, the United Kingdom and the United States. A number of common issues and problems are discussed, such as the relationship between schooling and training, the role of continuing training, retraining for the unemployed, and the position of women and disadvantaged groups in the labour market. A central theme is the differing policies pursued by governments. While recognizing the common concern with potential market failure in training, the authors also draw attention to the poor record of government-funded training in practice and to the dangers of excessive intervention as a result of pressure group activity.
Although primarily aimed at students and teachers of economics, business studies and industrial relations, Training for Employment in Western Europe and the United States will be of interest to practitioners and all those concerned with policy issues arising in the training field.
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'... a major strength of the book is its breadth of coverage... this is an interesting book, containing a wealth of information, which would serve as a useful introduction to the area for students, academics and practitioners...' -- S. Bradley, Education Economics 'Economics students will find this a helpful synthesis of important issues relating to the economics of training.' -- Sonia C. Carey, Work, Employment and Society