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The latest study investigating the cost-benefit ratio of apprenticeship training for Swiss companies has shown that most apprentices offset the cost of their training during their apprenticeship on the basis of the productive contribution of the work they perform. Given this outcome, it is worth investigating why so many firms choose not to train(More)
This paper uses an original dataset from a survey conducted in Switzerland in 2007 to explore the dynamics of education policy preferences. This issue has largely been neglected in that most studies on welfare state attitudes do not look at preferences for education. We argue that education policy preferences vary along two dimensions: the distribution of(More)
This paper presents the results of a randomized experiment analyzing the use of vouchers for adult training. In 2006, 2,400 people were issued with a training voucher which they were entitled to use in payment for a training course of their choice. User behavior was compared with a control group of 14,000 people. People in the treatment and in the control(More)
PURPOSE In gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST), loss of heterozygosity (LOH) on chromosome 22 and its presumptive biological function has been described. The prognostic value of these and other DNA regions for patient survival remains unclear. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Sixty patients who underwent surgery at our institution between 1992 and 2003 for GIST(More)
It is a widely held opinion that apprenticeship training represents a net investment for training firms, and that therefore firms only train if they have the possibility to recoup these investments after the training period. A recent study using a new firm-level dataset for Switzer-land showed, however, that for 60 percent of the firms, the apprenticeship(More)